Egypt officials say Sinai militants kill 4 security forces

Claudine Rigal
Mai 26, 2017

Egyptian security officials say separate attacks in restive northern Sinai peninsula where Islamic militants are active have left four security personnel dead.

In nearby Rafah, a security source said that three soldiers were killed as an improvised explosive device targeted their armored vehicle during their patrol at the coastal side of the city.

"Unknown gunmen stopped a taxi carrying a police officer and his family in the North Sinai city of Al-Arish", the source, preferring anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to media, told Anadolu Agency.

Egypt's army and police forces have been battling a North Sinai-based Islamist insurgency that intensified following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

To further pressure the government, the IS started to expand terror operations to target the Coptic Christian minority in capital Cairo and other provinces nationwide.

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