Ahram Online , Monday 16 Oct 2017
File Photo: Armed security forces on the roof guard the police station el-Arish, Egypt after clashing with Islamic militants firing rocket-propelled grenades. (Photo: AP)
Three policemen and two civilians were killed on Monday in North Sinai’s Al-Arish after militants attacked security posts in the city, the Egyptian interior ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said the “armed terrorist elements” targeted security posts in 23 July Street located in the vicinity of Second Al-Arish police station, firing shots at the security personnel and detonating several improvised explosive devices.
According to the statement, a group of militants attacked a bank in the same area, killing three policemen, the bank’s security guard, and a female bank client.
The militants were able to steal money from the bank during the course of the attack.
Several civilians were also injured in Monday’s incident.
The police said they were able to safely diffuse several IEDs planted in the vicinity of the bank, with security forces combing the area in search of the culprits.
In the past three days, the army announced that other attacks by militants on security checkpoints had been foiled, with dozens of militants killed.
The army said twelve army personnel were killed during attacks in Arish and Karam Al-Qawadis.
The Islamist militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, which alleged allegiance to the Islamic State group, has claimed responsibility for most of the deadly attacks on security forces in North Sinai in the past four years.