18 dead in attack on convoy in Egypt

IS Militants Attack Convoy in Egypt Kill 18 Police

No group has claimed responsibility for Monday's attack, while the Egyptian authorities have yet to comment on the incident.

The deadly assault came just a day after security forces carried out two simultaneous raids on apartments in a crowded district in capital Cairo.

Egyptian officials say suspected militants have ambushed a police convoy in the Sinai Peninsula, killing two policemen and wounding two others, including a police brigadier-general.

One of the suspects reportedly attempted to detonate a suicide belt but was killed by the police.

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At least 18 policemen were killed in a militant ambush in Egypt's Sinai.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

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.

A statement by the Interior Ministry, which oversees security forces, said the militants were hiding in two apartments in the densely populated Ard el-Liwa neighborhood, where they held organizational meetings and planned a "series of terror attacks" in central provinces, a reference to Cairo and its twin city of Giza.

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Egypt has been suffering from a spike in terrorist attacks targeting civilians in the mainland over the past year. Reuters reported that about 18 policemen had died and three were injured, citing local security and medical sources.

They said initial enquiries indicate the militants were planning to attack state institutions, the police, the military and the judiciary, and to blow up key installations.

Since 2013 following the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's army and security forces have increasingly engaged in violent confrontations in North Sinai with Islamist insurgents.

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