Egypt thwarts massive car bombing in Sinai

Egyptian police kill suicide bomber before he is able to detonate bomb at police checkpoint in Sinai

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The Egyptian Interior Ministry said that police forces killed a "suicide bomber" driving a pick up car loaded with bombs on Tuesday.

An exchange of fire took place in Arish, the largest city in the northern Sinai peninsula, in which ISIS' affiliate in Egypt. Wilayet Sinai, has a presence.

Egypt's Interior Ministry said in a statement that the suspect was in the progress of carrying out "a suicide bombing targeting a security checkpoint in Arish."

“The car was carrying large amounts of explosive material, and hit a concrete wall after the driver was killed,” said the statement, adding that the pickup was driving through the checkpoint and refused to comply with orders to stop to be checked.

The car did not explode, and the explosives on board were diffused. The ministry statement mentioned two policemen were wounded by gunfire.

One civilian was shot during the incident, he was immediately taken to hospital for treatment.

The Wilayet Sinai militant group, previously known as "Ansar Beit al Maqdis," announced 2014 its allegiance to ISIS and its leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in 2014. The group, which has taken up ISIS' methods, has carried out deadly attacks against the army and police.

Sinai has been engulfed in unprecedented violence since the overthrow of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, who belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, in July 2013 after mass protests.

TRTWorld and agencies