ISMAILIA, Egypt: Militants attacked a security convoy in Egypt’s strife-torn Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 18 policemen in a blast and a gun battle on Monday, sources said – an assault claimed by Islamic State.
The attackers detonated an improvised explosive device and managed to destroy three armored vehicles and a signal-jamming vehicle near Arish, the capital of North Sinai province, the security and medical sources said.
The attack turned into a gunfight and the militants also opened fire on ambulance workers, injuring four, the sources told Reuters.
At least 18 policemen, two of them officers, died in the violence, and a brigadier general lost a leg in the blast, several sources at Arish hospital said.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted by its news agency Amaq.—Reuters