TWO POLICEMEN KILLED, NINE INJURED IN EGYPT’S SINAI

CAIRO, Egypt, At least two policemen were killed and nine others wounded, in an explosion on Saturday, in Egypt’s North Sinai province, the Egyptian state TV reported.

A senior security official said, an improvised explosive device targeted the police’s armoured vehicle at Al-Safa district of Arish city in North Sinai, a place that borders Israel and the Gaza Strip.

“Security measures have been intensified around the explosion, while a bomb disposal team is combing the area, to make sure it is free of explosive devices,” the security official said.

The explosion came a day after a car bomber attacked a checkpoint in North Sinai’s nearby Rafah city, causing at least 66 deaths and injuries, according to the Egyptian military spokesman.

Also on Saturday, the Egyptian police killed 14 terrorists, in a fire exchange in a desert area in the Suez Canal province of Ismailia, for their alleged involvement in attacks against security forces in North Sinai.

Meanwhile, Egyptian President, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, called a meeting on Saturday, with the country’s top officials, including the ministers of defence, interior affairs and justice, as well as the head of general intelligence, over Friday’s attack.

Terror attacks had been centred in restive North Sinai before they prevailed nationwide, killing hundreds of policemen and soldiers over the past few years.

They have started to target the Coptic minority and their churches across the country, since late Dec, 2016.

Most of the terrorist operations were claimed by a Sinai-based group, loyal to the regional militant group.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK