Four police officers killed in Egypt blast

Four police officers killed in Egypt blast

"With the approach of the security raid towards two apartments located at Ard El Lewaa district for the sake of arresting the IS members, the raid's force was met by shooting and one of the IS militants threw a bomb towards the forces, however it harmed him", the statement read.

A security guard gestures near the site of an attack that killed at least 26 people in Minya, Egypt May 26, 2017.

They then opened fire with machine guns at survivors of the blast. The wounded included a police brigadier general.

Egypt's military and security forces have been battling various Islamist militant groups, mostly in North Sinai, though militants have carried out attacks elsewhere in the country.

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The attack took place about 30km west of el-Arish in northern Sinai, the epicentre of a long-running rebellion now led by an ISIL affiliate.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Monday's attack was the deadliest against security forces since July, when ISIS terrorists attacked a remote army outpost in the border town of Rafah, killing 23 soldiers.

The ambush came a day after authorities said they had caught a cell planning attacks in the capital, Cairo.

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The attack illustrates how hard it is for the government to crush a militant campaign that has withstood a four-year crackdown.

Egyptian police say they killed 10 suspected militants in a shoot-out near Cairo Sunday.

The Sinai Peninsula has remained the epicenter of a deadly militant insurgency since 2013, when Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first freely-elected president, was ousted and imprisoned in a bloody military coup.

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