Unidentified gunmen shoot dead five Egyptian policemen

Egyptian interior ministry says unidentified gunmen shot dead at least five policemen amid an attack on security checkpoint in Sinai Peninsula

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Gunmen kill five Egyptian police in Sinai: Inerior ministry

Egyptian interior ministry said on Thursday, undidentified Gunmen have shot dead at least five policemen amid a launched attack at a security checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack on Wednesday night in North Sinai, where security forces are fighting terrorists connected to DAESH.

The interior ministry said in a statement, referring to the North Sinai provincial capital, "Unidentified gunmen opened fire on security forces at El-Etlawi square in the centre of El-Arish."

At least five policemen were shot dead and three were wounded during a gun battle, the ministry said.  

It said that security forces were searching for the perpatrators.

DAESH are waging assaults against security forces in North Sinai, and have regularly carried out deadly attacks on policemen and soldiers.

The latest attack comes just a few days before the fifth anniversary of the January 25, 2011 political uprising that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak.  

Terrorism in North Sinai sparked after the army toppled the first elected president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.   

TRTWorld and agencies