Three Egyptian policemen killed in terror attack in Sinai

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-16 21:31:21|Editor: Song Lifang
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CAIRO, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Three Egyptian policemen were killed on Monday in a terror attack in the country's North Sinai province, state-run MENA news agency reported.

A group of terrorists attacked a bank in central Sinai and clashed with policemen guarding the bank, killing three of them, MENA quoted a security source as saying.

A number of the assailants were also killed in the attack, the source added.

Police teams are defusing five bombs the terrorists have planted in the bank, according to the security source.

Egypt has been fighting against a wave of terror activities that killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the military toppled former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his currently outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

Terror attacks in Egypt used to focus on police and military men in North Sinai before spreading nationwide and targeting the Coptic minority as well, with most of them claimed by a Sinai-based group loyal to the regional Islamic State (IS) militant group.

The Egyptian military and police have killed hundreds of militants and arrested a similar number of suspects as part of the country's anti-terror war.