18 dead in attack on convoy in Egypt

Nine terrorists killed in Egypt

Reportedly five police officers were killed and six injured in a ferocious terrorist attack on a police convoy in the north of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, local media reported Monday; other sources put the death toll as high as 18.

They then opened fire with machine guns at survivors of the blast.

The statement added that the IS militants fled from North Sinai to Cairo to hide and prepare to carry out terrorist attacks in Greater Cairo.

A security guard gestures near the site of an attack that killed at least 26 people in Minya, Egypt May 26, 2017.

The police suffered their injuries after a suspected militant detonated an explosive device to block them from entering the building and during an exchange of fire that followed, security sources said. The wounded included a police brigadier general.

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Most attacks have been claimed by Ansar Beit El-Maqdis, or Sinai Province, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in 2014.

The attack took place about 30km west of el-Arish in northern Sinai, the epicenter of a long-running insurgency by militants now led by the extremist Islamic State group.

Five policemen were wounded in the clashes at two apartments in the densely populated eastern Cairo neighbourhood of Ard al-Lewa, officials from the national security agency and Giza governorate police said.

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.

Monday's attack came a day after authorities said they had busted an extremist cell planning attacks in Cairo. They said the fighters had sneaked into the capital from northern Sinai but did not say whether they were members of ISIL.

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