Egyptian officials say policeman, militant killed in Sinai

No group claimed responsibility for the attack, which bares the hallmarks of an ISIS affiliate based in northern Sinai.
Sunday 08/12/2019
In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Egyptian army forces patrol amid the debris of houses destroyed by the army in the Egyptian border town of Rafah, as seen from the Palestinian side of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. (AP)
In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Egyptian army forces patrol amid the debris of houses destroyed by the army in the Egyptian border town of Rafah, as seen from the Palestinian side of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. (AP)

Egyptian officials say a militant attack has killed a police conscript in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.

The officials say that the militants attacked a police checkpoint in the town of Rafah early on Sunday, wounding another two conscripts who were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Authorities say that security forces killed a militant, and wounded others, in clashes that followed the assault.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorised to talk to reporters.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack, which bares the hallmarks of an ISIS affiliate based in northern Sinai.

Egypt is battling an ISIS-led insurgency in the Sinai that intensified after the military overthrew an Islamist president in 2013.

(AP)