At least 13 Egyptian policemen were killed in the Sinai Peninsula when DAESH terrorists fired a mortar round at a security checkpoint in the city of Arish, security and medical sources said on Saturday.
DAESH claimed responsibility on several websites for the attack, and Egyptian state media later confirmed.
Ambulances were subjected to heavy gunfire as they attempted to reach the wounded, the sources said. Eyewitnesses reported hearing a massive explosion and said that the city's entrances and exits had been closed off by security forces.
Security sources said that government forces were able to kill five of DAESH terrorists who carried out the attack.
DAESH terrorists have killed hundreds of soldiers and police officers in Sinai and started to attack Western targets within the country.
The Egyptian government frequently blames the Muslim Brotherhood, to which Egypt’s deposed previous President Mohamed Morsi belongs, for violent attacks in Sinai and elsewhere.
However, the Brotherhood, which has been outlawed by the current Egyptian government, has consistently reiterated its commitment to peaceful activism, and pointed out that the current government doesn’t differentiate between hardline groups like DAESH and itself.