Egypt says militants killed 7 policemen in north Sinai

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ISTANBUL
Published 26.06.2019 12:19
Updated 26.06.2019 12:21
This Nov. 25, 2017, file photo, shows the Rawda Mosque, roughly 40 kilometers west El-Arish in northern Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, after a gun and bombing attack. (AFP Photo)
This Nov. 25, 2017, file photo, shows the Rawda Mosque, roughly 40 kilometers west El-Arish in northern Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, after a gun and bombing attack. (AFP Photo)

Seven police officers have been killed in a militant attack in restive northern Sinai Peninsula, Egypt's Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

The attack near the regional capital El-Arish targeted an "assembly center" for police, according to the ministry.

Northern Sinai has long been a center of insurgents and Egyptian authorities last year launched an offensive against the militants.

Egypt's government has been battling militants centered in northern Sinai. The insurgency intensified after the military in 2013 ousted Egypt's first and only democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi, who died last week in a courtroom.

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