Egypt: 6 police officers killed in Sinai checkpoint attack
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Egypt: 6 police officers killed in Sinai checkpoint attack

Security and hospital officials say another four wounded in incident on outskirts of el-Arish

Illustrative: Egyptian police inspect cars at a checkpoint in North Sinai on January 31, 2015. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO / STR)
Illustrative: Egyptian police inspect cars at a checkpoint in North Sinai on January 31, 2015. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO / STR)

Egyptian officials say an attack on a checkpoint in the northern Sinai Peninsula has killed six police.

Security and hospital officials confirmed the toll from Thursday’s attack on the outskirts of the city of el-Arish and said another four people were wounded.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

Egypt has been battling an insurgency in the northern Sinai that has been led by an Islamic State affiliate since 2014.

In July, Islamic State militants killed 23 soldiers in a remote checkpoint in northeastern Sinai — the deadliest assault on the military in the turbulent region in two years.

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