Militants Kill Many Policemen In Egypt+
Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi

Militants have reportedly killed eight Egyptian policemen at a checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula, the centre of a long-running jihadist insurgency on Wednesday, Concise News reports.

According to the interior ministry: “Terrorist elements targeted a checkpoint west of El-Arish early this morning… The exchange of fire killed fire terrorist elements and eight police were martyred.”

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This online news medium gathered that the militants escaped and security forces are following “their movements”, the ministry added.

A security source said reinforcements had been dispatched to the checkpoint near El-Arish, capital of North Sinai province.

“The checkpoint is currently surrounded by the army and police,” he said.

A medical source said three members of the Central Security Force, a paramilitary force under the control of the interior ministry, were also wounded in the attack and taken to El-Arish public hospital.

Egyptian state television said there were fears the death toll could rise as there were reports of attacks on multiple checkpoints.