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5 policemen killed in Egypt blast claimed by IS

Press Trust of India

Last Updated: November 04, 2015, 19:53 IST

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The bomber attacked the police club, killing five conscripts and wounding ten others, including five civilians, in the provincial capital El-Arish, officials said.

Cairo: At least five policemen were killed and 10 others, including civilians, injured on Wednesday after a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a police club in Egypt's restive North Sinai governorate, which was claimed by the Islamic State group.

The bomber attacked the police club, killing five conscripts and wounding ten others, including five civilians, in the provincial capital El-Arish, officials said.

The blast in the residential area completely demolished the facade of the club and also a number of nearby cars, they said.

The security forces cordoned off the area and the injured were taken to the hospital. Some of the injured are critical, medical officials said. In a statement the IS affiliate in Sinai, said it carried out the bombing against the "apostate" police force in retaliation for the arrests of Bedouin women in the region.

Killings of security personnel by militants are frequent in North Sinai as the area has witnessed many violent attacks since the January, 2011 revolution that toppled ex-president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for nearly three decades.

The attacks targeting police and military increased after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by the military following massive protests against his rule.

Over 600 security personnel have been reported killed since then.
first published:November 04, 2015, 19:53 IST
last updated:November 04, 2015, 19:53 IST