18 policemen were killed by an improvised explosive device in an armed ground attack inside El Arish
Eighteen policemen were killed in a fierce attack on Monday afternoon after gunmen targeted their patrols near Talul district, south of the Egyptian city of El Arish, state-run Akhbar al-Youm reported.

The attackers planted improvised explosive devices on patrol roads in the suburb of Talul. The security attack came from militants believed to be members of the Islamic State's Da'ash organization, security sources told Egypt's Independent on condition of anonymity.

The source added that the targeted police patrol consisting of three armored vehicles believed that a number of police personnel were sent to the bus stations to leave northern Sinai to their cities for their vacation.

"The gunmen began to open fire on the injured recruits who were on the ground as a result of an attack of an explosive device, and ambulances were unable to reach the site of the attack easily, where the roads were planted around the site with" IEDs, "according to the source.

The ground clashes wounded six policemen and a paramedic who was trying to reach the attack with his ambulance. Then the ambulance was destroyed after being targeted by "explosive device", a journalist in North Sinai revealed the conditions of anonymity.

He said clashes were continuing between the police and the army against the militants, three of whom were killed. Ambulances are still not reaching the scene of the battle, with the roads surrounding them being bombed.

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