Islamic State claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on Egyptian police in North Sinai that officials say left more than a dozen people dead.
Egyptian authorities said the militants ambushed a security convoy with roadside bombs before opening fire on police. Officials said 18 people were killed and seven others, including medics, were wounded.
The Associated Press reported, citing military sources, that the attack took places about 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of the city of Al Arish in North Sinai. Islamic State’s Wilayat Sinai branch has maintained a presence in the area since late 2014.
ISIS made the claim of responsibility through its official Amaq news agency.
Police said the attackers hijacked a police vehicle and destroyed four others, including one carrying signal jamming equipment.