Gunmen Kill 5 Egyptian Police

Gunmen Kill 5 Egyptian PoliceGunmen Kill 5 Egyptian Police

Five policemen have been shot dead during a drive-by shooting in Egypt's volatile Sinai Peninsula. The attack has come just days after another police killing claimed by the Egypt affiliate of the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group.

Egyptian police conscripts were ambushed and shot dead on Saturday in northern Sinai, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said in a Facebook post.

The five conscripts were reportedly returning from a holiday when unidentified gunmen fired at the car in a drive-by shooting in the north Sinai capital el-Arish, said the ministry in a statement, DPA reported.

In another incident on Saturday, nine police officers traveling in an armored car were wounded when an explosive device planted in the road was remotely detonated. One police conscript later died of his wounds, said security sources.

No group immediately claimed the killings.

The attacks come just days after another group of assailants killed three policemen, as well as their driver. That attack was claimed by the Egyptian affiliate group of IS.

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