Blast in Egypt kills 8

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

CAIRO: At least seven po­lice­men and one civil­ian were killed in a bomb at­tack on a check­point in the north­ern Si­nai city of al-Ar­ish yes­ter­day. Five of the at­tack­ers were also killed, the Egyp­tian In­te­rior Min­istry said.

The at­tack­ers planted a bomb in a street clean­ing ve­hi­cle they had stolen a few days ear­lier, se­cu­rity sources said. Af­ter the bomb ex­ploded, at­tack­ers fired guns and rocket-pro­pelled grenades at the check­point, the sources said.

The In­te­rior Min­istry said the at­tack was car­ried out by a group of about 20 men who had used RPGs and a ve­hi­cle bomb.

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