Policemen Gunned Down in Ferocious Terrorist Attack in North Sinai, Egypt

18 dead in attack on convoy in Egypt’s Sinai sources
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Militants detonated an Improvised Explosive Device, destroying three armoured vehicles and a signal-jamming vehicle.

As a result, the raid's forces opened fire on the militants.

Police found in the two apartments bomb-making materials, assault rifles and ammunition as well as maps of vital state installations and computers in which instructions and details of future attacks were stored, they said.

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Hasm has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks on security forces during the past year.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Investigators had received information about militants travelling from northern Sinai to the capital to prepare for attacks on neighbouring provinces, it added.

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Security forces were exchanging fire with militants near the explosion site and managed to kill several of them, MENA said. According to the military, thousands of militants have been killed in the operations held against them.

Egypt has been fighting against a wave of terror activities that killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the military toppled former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. Police said the militants had sneaked into Cairo from the volatile northern Sinai.

Private newspaper al-Masry al-Youm, citing security sources, reported that the slain extremists were from the self-styled Hasm group, which authorities accuse of being the armed wing of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

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The duel raids also led to the injury of three police officers, three conscripts from the Central Security Forces, in addition to the injury of an officer from the National Security Agency and another two police personnel.

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