EL-AR­ISH:

Arab Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Egyp­tian se­cu­rity of­fi­cials say sus­pected Is­lamic mil­i­tants have at­tacked po­lice in the north­ern Si­nai Penin­sula, killing five of them and wound­ing an­other five.

They say the mil­i­tants opened fire on an army ve­hi­cle be­fore set­ting it on fire in the city of el-Ar­ish on Mon­day. When re­in­force­ments ar­rived, the mil­i­tants set off a road­side bomb. The of­fi­cials spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to brief re­porters.

Egypt has been strug­gling to com­bat an in­sur­gency in the north­ern Si­nai that has gath­ered strength since the mil­i­tary over­threw Is­lamist Pres­i­dent Mo­hammed Morsi in 2013. Most of the at­tacks, in­clud­ing an as­sault on an army post ear­lier this month that killed 23 sol­diers, have been claimed by an Is­lamic State af­fil­i­ate. (AP)

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