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Road bomb kills police captain

24 December 2015, 16:21

Cairo - A roadside bomb struck a police vehicle near a town in the Sinai Peninsula Thursday, killing a policeman and wounding two others, the interior ministry said.

The Islamic State group's Egypt affiliate has claimed regular attacks on security forces, who have struggled to quell the insurgency in the peninsula bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip.

The interior ministry said the bomb killed a police captain, and wounded a sergeant and a conscript, on a road leading to provincial capital El-Arish.

The jihadists have killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and unleashed a deadly crackdown on his supporters.

They also claimed to have downed the Russian Metrojet A-321 plane over the Sinai on October 31, killing all 224 people on board, after smuggling a bomb on board at an Egyptian airport.

The army has often announced the death or capture of jihadists, most recently launching a sweeping offensive it claimed killed hundreds of extremists.

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