A truck bomb attack on a checkpoint in the northern Sinai city of al-Arish in Egypt has claimed the lives of no fewer than eight police officers who were stationed at the checkpoint.
According to security sources speaking to Reuters, the attackers fired guns and rocket-propelled grenades at the checkpoint after launching a car bomb, planted in a street cleaning car that the attackers had stolen a few days earlier.
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As at the time of this report, there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the truck bombing which also wounded 13 people, including four civilians.
The Sinai Peninsula which borders Israel and Palestine’s Gaza Strip has been hit by several attacks over the past two years by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group’s Egyptian branch.
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