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8 Egypt Policemen Killed in Terrorist Attack

8 Egypt Policemen Killed in Terrorist Attack8 Egypt Policemen Killed in Terrorist Attack

At least eight policemen have been killed in an attack on a security checkpoint in Egypt’s Western Desert. Egypt’s Interior Ministry said two of the assailants were also killed when forces at the Naqb checkpoint, about 80 km from Kharga city, fought back, BBC reported. It was not clear who was responsible, but the ministry blamed “terrorists”. Militants have killed hundreds of soldiers and police officers since the military’s overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Most of the attacks have taken place in the northern Sinai Peninsula, where troops are battling a local affiliate of the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group. Last week, IS said members of the group were behind an assault on a police checkpoint west of the city of Arish that left another eight officers dead. IS militants are also active in Libya, which borders the Western Desert.

 

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