Egyptian soldiers patrol near the sites attacked on Jan. 29, in Arish, North Sinai Province, Egypt, on Jan. 31, 2015. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday strongly condemned Thursday's terrorist attacks in Sinai, Egypt, of which the death toll rose to 33. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)
Egyptian soldiers patrol near the sites attacked on Jan. 29, in Arish, North Sinai Province, Egypt, on Jan. 31, 2015. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday strongly condemned Thursday's terrorist attacks in Sinai, Egypt, of which the death toll rose to 33. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

The attack took place late Saturday at Al-Safa checkpoint in Arish city of c leaving three police officers and 12 conscripts dead according to the update in ministry’s statement.

Egyptian soldiers patrol near the sites attacked on Jan. 29, in Arish, North Sinai Province, Egypt, on Jan. 31, 2015. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday strongly condemned Thursday's terrorist attacks in Sinai, Egypt, of which the death toll rose to 33. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)
Egyptian soldiers patrol near the sites attacked on Jan. 29, in Arish, North Sinai Province, Egypt, on Jan. 31, 2015. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday strongly condemned Thursday’s terrorist attacks in Sinai, Egypt, of which the death toll rose to 33. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)
Calling itself “Sinai State,” a Sinai-based group loyal to the regional Islamic State (IS) militant group in Iraq and Syria claimed responsibility for the attack.

Terror attacks in Egypt, particularly in North Sinai, killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since 2013.

The IS branch in Sinai claimed responsibility for most of the anti-government attacks nationwide.

Over the past three years, the security forces have been launching massive anti-terror operations in the peninsula that killed about 1,000 militants so far and arrested a similar number of suspects.

The security raids in Sinai are part of the country’s “war against terrorism” declared by then-military chief and now President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi following Morsi’s removal. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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