Death Toll in Sinai Police Checkpoint Attack Rises to Nine

Death Toll in Sinai Police Checkpoint Attack Rises to Nine

According to the same source, the attack targeted a security checkpoint in the Masaeed area of Al-Arish city, located in the peninsula's northeast.

Almost a dozen civilians are also said to have been injured.

The death toll of a vehicle bomb attack on a security checkpoint in Egypt's restive northern Sinai province has risen to seven policemen and five militants, Egypt's Interior Ministry announced Monday.

The attack left "seven policemen dead (one policeman and six conscripts), in addition to one citizen who was passing by the checkpoint".

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A suicide bomber detonated a stolen, explosive-laden garbage truck outside a police building on Sunday, Xinhua news agency quoted a source as saying. At least two bodies were recovered from the rubble with the 10 wounded taken to hospital. Hundreds of soldiers have and policemen have been killed in a crackdown against Morsi's supporters.

In November past year, Daesh claimed responsibility for an attack on a security checkpoint that killed 15 soldiers.

A similar attack on a security checkpoint in northern Sinai last November claimed the lives of eight soldiers.

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.