EGYPT’S Isis affiliate claimed responsibility on Monday night for a suicide bomb attack on a police convoy in the Sinai peninsula that killed 18 officers.
Police and military officials said the attack set four armoured vehicles ablaze along with a fifth one which was carrying signal-jamming equipment to prevent the remote detonation of roadside bombs.
Seven officers were injured in addition to the 18 killed.
The security forces said roadside bombs hit the convoy before gunmen opened fire, but the Interior Ministry said a suicide attacker steered an explosives-laden car into the patrol.
“Reinforcements were swiftly sent, the site has been sealed off and combing operations are under way,” a ministry statement said.
Isis claimed the attack through its Aamaq propaganda wing, identifying the suicide bomber by his nom de guerre Abu Suleiman al-Masri.