Five Egyptian police officers shot dead in volatile Sinai

Five police conscripts were killed Saturday in a drive-by shooting in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, the Interior Ministry said.

Unidentified gunmen in a car shot at the conscripts in Al Arish, the main city of northern Sinai, the ministry said, according to state television.

The conscripts were returning from a holiday when attacked, the ministry said.

No one claimed responsibility for the shooting.

Security forces in the largely desert Sinai have come under repeated attacks from hardline jihadists since the 2011 uprising that toppled long-time dictator Hosny Mubarak.

The extremists stepped up their assaults after the army deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013, killing scores of security personnel.

A group loyal to the Islamic State militia has claimed several of these attacks.

Last update: Sat, 01/10/2016 - 23:28

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