Gunmen kill five Egypt police conscripts in Sinai

Gunmen in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula killed five police conscripts on Saturday, the interior ministry said.

The five conscripts were in a car in the north Sinai capital El-Arish when the gunmen sprayed them with bullets, a ministry statement said.

The attack came days after assailants shot dead three policemen and their driver in the city, in an attack claimed by the ISIS’ Egypt affiliate.

Extremists have killed hundreds of soldiers and police since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

They pledged allegiance to ISIS more than a year later, and their attacks have persisted despite a sweeping military campaign in the peninsula which borders Israel and the Gaza Strip.

The extremists have also targeted foreigners, claiming the bombing in 2015 of a Russian airliner carrying tourists home from a Sinai resort. All 224 people on board were killed.

Source: National News Agency.