Attack on Egypt's security checkpoint kills eight security officials

Security officials claim that militants operating from Libya are trying to forge ties with Islamists in the Sinai to form an alliance that could prolong Egypt's instability and scare away tourists and investors who are needed to help fix a battered economy

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima DwivediBy Arnima Dwivedi

Published on 17 Jan 2017 5:25 AM GMT

Attack on Egypts security checkpoint kills eight security officials
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Attack on security checkpoint in Egypt kills eight security officials
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Cairo: An attack by Islamist militants on a security checkpoint in Egypt's New Valley province in the Western Desert killed eight policemen and injured three others, stated the Interior Ministry on Monday night.

According to the sources, the attack took place at around 2015 hours in the Naqb checkpoint more that 600 kilometres southwest of Cairo.

The ministry stated that at least two of the attackers were killed. There was, however, no immediate claim of responsibility.

It is worth mentioning that there have been occasional attacks in the Western Desert of New Valley which borders chaotic neighbour Libya where Islamic State is also active.

Security officials claim that militants operating from Libya are trying to forge ties with Islamists in the Sinai to form an alliance that could prolong Egypt's instability and scare away tourists and investors who are needed to help fix a battered economy.

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima Dwivedi

A journalist, presently working as a sub-editor with newstrack.com. I love exploring new genres of humans and humanity.

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