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13 Egyptian policemen killed in Egypt

By on March 20, 2016

At least 13 Egyptian policemen were killed in the Sinai Peninsula when Islamist militantsfired a mortar round at a security checkpoint in the city of Arish, security and medical sources said on Saturday.

Ambulances were subjected to heavy gunfire as they attempted to reach the wounded, the sources said. Eyewitnesses reported hearing a massive explosion and said the city’s entrances and exits had been closed off by security forces.

The insurgency, mounted by Islamic State’s Egyptian branch Sinai Province, has killed hundreds of soldiers and police and started to attack Western targets within the country.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi describes Islamist militancy as an existential threat to Egypt, an ally of the United States.

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