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North Sinai Bombing Kills at Least 15 Egypt Security Personnel

12 September 2017

State news agency MENA quoted a high ranking ministry official confirming the attack and casualty figures. Four armored vehicles and a fifth carrying signal-jamming equipment were destroyed while a police pickup truck was commandeered, they said.

Security forces had received information that a number of militants who escaped the restive North Sinai were hiding out in two apartments in Agouza and were planning a number of attacks in central governorates.

At least 18 Egyptian security personnel were killed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Monday when their vehicles struck a series of roadside bombs, according to local security sources.

The group considers the army and police apostates who should be killed for the sake of creating an Islamic Caliphate.

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A security guard gestures near the site of an attack that killed at least 26 people in Minya, Egypt May 26, 2017. According to the military, thousands of militants have been killed in the operations held against them. Five policemen, including three officers, were also injured in the shootout. They said the fighters had sneaked into the capital from northern Sinai but did not say whether they were members of ISIL.

Private newspaper al-Masry al-Youm, citing security sources, reported that the slain extremists were from the self-styled Hasm group, which authorities accuse of being the armed wing of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The Sinai Peninsula has remained the epicenter of a deadly militant insurgency since 2013, when Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first freely-elected president, was ousted and imprisoned in a bloody military coup.

North Sinai Bombing Kills at Least 15 Egypt Security Personnel