Militants killed eight Egyptian policemen on Wednesday at a checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula, the centre of a long-running jihadist insurgency, the interior ministry said.
“Terrorist elements targeted a checkpoint west of El-Arish early this morning… The exchange of fire killed fire terrorist elements and eight police were martyred,” a ministry statement said.
Some militants escaped and security forces are following “their movements”, the ministry added.
A security source said reinforcements had been dispatched to the checkpoint near El-Arish, capital of North Sinai province.
“The checkpoint is currently surrounded by the army and police,” he said.
A medical source said three members of the Central Security Force, a paramilitary force under the control of the interior ministry, were also wounded in the attack and taken to El-Arish public hospital.