At least three policemen were killed and five others wounded at Thursday midnight in a massive blast in a city in Egypt’s restive North Sinai province, state-run Al-Ahram news website reported.
The blast was caused by an improvised device targeting a police armored vehicle on a main road in downtown Arish, according to a security source.
“The victims were taken to a nearby military hospital,” the source added, suspecting the assailants to be members of the Sinai State militant group which has vowed loyalty to the Islamic State (IS).
The attack followed two other attacks that hit the country recently.
On Sunday, militants on three motorbikes gunned down two policemen and a civilian, and wounded four others at a checkpoint in the Delta province of Sharqiya, north of Cairo.
Last Thursday, at least seven police officers and three civilians were killed, and several others injured in a massive explosion in Giza province near Cairo when police raided an apartment where militants were making explosive devices.
Hundreds of police and military men have been killed in anti-government terrorist attacks since the army ousted former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule. The Sinai State has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks.
Meanwhile, hundreds of militants have been killed in massive anti-terror operations launched by security forces in North Sina as part of the country’s anti-terror war declared by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi following Morsi’s ouster.