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Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

10 militants dead, nine Egyptian policemen wounded in Cairo shootout

10 militants dead, nine Egyptian policemen wounded in Cairo shootout

Earlier on Monday, Egyptian Interior Ministry announced that a police patrol was targeted with a vehicle loaded with explosives, adding that more backup forces had been sent to the scene.

At least 18 policemen have been killed in an attack on a convoy in Egypt's Sinai peninsula claimed by so-called Islamic State, security sources say. However, police and military officials told Al Jazeera that the fatalities included two police lieutenants. Gunmen who were hiding along both sides of the road then opened fire on the disabled convoy, killing those who survived the bombing.

"When police forces dealt with the vehicle, it exploded and caused damages to the patrol's vehicles", it added.

Police and military officials said roadside bombs destroyed and set ablaze four armoured vehicles and a fifth one carrying signal jamming equipment. "This was followed by a shootout between the police officers and the terrorists, resulting in the death and injury of several policemen".

Responsibility for attack was assumed by the terrorist organization Islamic state.

The attack took place about 30km west of el-Arish in northern Sinai, the epicentre of a long-running rebellion now led by an ISIL affiliate.

The auto blew up as the sides exchanged fire, the ministry said. The militants are waging an insurgency in the rugged, thinly populated Sinai.

In July, 23 army personnel were killed in an ISIS attack that targeted army checkpoint in the North Sinai's Rafah.

According to The Daily Mail, Monday's attack took place a day after authorities revealed that 10 militants had been killed in two raids in a Cairo neighborhood.

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