Five Cops Killed by Militants in Egypt

 | Jan 21,2016

At least five Egyptian policemen, including three officers, were killed when militants stormed a police checkpoint in the country's restive North Sinai and opened fire on them, the Interior Ministry said today.

Three other conscripts were injured during the exchange of fire with the militants in Al-Arish city late last night.

The militants targeted a group of policemen and killed five of them. Security forces have cordoned off the area and are searching for the attackers, the ministry said in a statement.

Egypt's North Sinai has witnessed many violent attacks by militants since the January 2011 revolution that toppled president Hosni Mubarak.

The attacks targeting police and military personnel increased after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule.

More than 700 security personnel have been killed and over 18,000 have been injured since 2011.

The military has launched security campaigns in the area, arrested suspects and demolished hideouts of the terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.




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