Militants attack Arish police station

Armed militants attacked one of Arish’s main police stations and exchanged fire with policemen on Sunday, witnesses said.

The attack came amid an ongoing Egyptian military operation against militants implicated in last Sunday’s attack on a checkpoint in North Sinai that killed 16 border guards.

A security cordon was formed around the police station following the attack, a security source told Al-Masry Al-Youm. According to the source, two young men driving by the police station shot at it. Policemen returned fire, the source said, but the young men managed to escape.

The same police station was attacked in July of last year after a protest by masked men carrying religious signs. That incident led to the death of seven, and over 50 were injured.

In another attack today, armed militants attacked one of the campsites of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in North Sinai.

Security sources have said that military and police operations in the villages of Shabana and Goura have led to the death of seven suspects from jihadi groups. The identity of those purportedly killed by the army remains unknown.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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