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Egypt: Two police killed, nine injured in explosion in Northern Sinai

09 Julio 2017

At least two policemen were killed and nine wounded when their armoured vehicle was hit by an explosion in the Sinai on Saturday, Egypt's state news agency MENA said.

Friday's assault began in the early morning, when a suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a checkpoint at a military compound in the village of el-Barth, southwest of the border town of Rafah. Militants have killed hundreds of security personnel.

In a separate statement, the ministry said its forces killed two men described as fugitive terrorists in an exchange of gunfire in the city of Giza. He didn't provide a breakdown, but added that 40 of the assailants were killed.

They also reaffirmed the need for all States to "combat by all means", in accordance with the UN Charter and other obligations under international law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. It was one of the bloodiest assaults on security forces in years.

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The security officials said some senior officers had expressed opposition to the location of the checkpoint, arguing that it provided no real cover for the troops.

Faced with the challenge in Sinai, the Egyptian government has accused several Arab and Muslim countries of financing and providing safe haven to Islamic militants - including Qatar, Turkey, and the Hamas group in neighboring Gaza Strip. "We express our condolences to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to the injured".

Hamas, which is seeking to improve relations with Cairo, quickly condemned Friday's attack. However, the group is now on the verge of being driven out of their last strongholds - Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria - in both the countries.

Elsewhere in Egypt on Friday, a police officer was gunned down while heading to a mosque in the outskirts of Cairo.

Egypt: Two police killed, nine injured in explosion in Northern Sinai