Sinai gunmen kill two Egyptian policemen

Attack takes place in stronghold of Islamic State affiliate; assailants unknown

Illustrative photo of a jihadist fighter in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula (screen capture: YouTube)
Illustrative photo of a jihadist fighter in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula (screen capture: YouTube)

CAIRO, Egypt — Gunmen have shot dead two Egyptian policemen in the bastion of the Islamic State jihadist group in the Sinai Peninsula, the interior ministry said.

“A police captain and a policeman died of their wounds after unknown assailants shot them” late Saturday in the North Sinai provincial capital El-Arish, the ministry said in a statement.

The area is a stronghold of the Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) group that calls itself “Sinai Province.”

The jihadists have stepped up attacks which they say are in retaliation for a bloody crackdown on supporters of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi following his overthrow by the army in 2013.

Militants loyal to IS have killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and policemen, mostly in the northern Sinai.

The army also regularly announces the death or capture of jihadists although its figures cannot be independently verified.

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