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Eight dead in attack on Egyptian police checkpoint in Sinai

Eight dead in attack on Egyptian police checkpoint in Sinai

A suicide bomber detonated a stolen, explosive-laden garbage truck outside a police building on Sunday, Xinhua news agency quoted a source as saying. Only two members of the police at the checkpoint in the city of al-Arish, where the attack took place, survived the attack unharmed. Nine bodies were recovered from the rubble and the number of people dead could increase, said local officials. Another six police, six civilians and three attackers were wounded in the shootout, the ministry said.

On Dec 9, six policemen were killed when bombs exploded at a security checkpoint in Cairo in a road leading to the Giza Pyramids.

Egyptian forces in the Sinai have been struck again by terrorists.

The ministry said another group of militants attacked a second checkpoint in el-Arish, killing a policeman before fleeing under heavy fire from the security forces.

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The insurgency in the northern Sinai flared up in 2013 after the military removed former president Mohammed Morsi from office following mass protests against his rule.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

Egypt's army-backed authorities say they are battling the Welayat Sinai ("Province of Sinai") group, which is alleged to have links with the Daesh terrorist organization.