Explosion kills 5 policemen in Egypt's restive Sinai

2017-07-17 16:00:25 GMT2017-07-18 00:00:25(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

CAIRO, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Five Egyptian police conscripts were killed on Monday when an improvised explosive device went off in North Sinai Province, state-owned Ahram Online website reported.

An unknown number of policemen were also injured, the report said.

Egypt has been facing a rising wave of terrorist activities following the military removal of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his currently-blacklisted Brotherhood group.

Hundreds of policemen and soldiers were killed in terror attacks mostly claimed by a Sinai-based terrorist group loyal to the Islamic State group.

Security campaigns have also killed hundreds of militants and arrested a similar number of suspects over the past few years as part of the country's anti-terror war.

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