Cairo, Jan 17, 2017: At least eight police personnel were killed and three injured in an attack by Islamist militants on a security checkpoint in Egypt’s Western Desert, state media reported.
The attack took place at around 8.15 p.m. in the Naqb checkpoint more than 600 kilometres (370 miles) south-west of Cairo.
However, in a statement late Monday, the Interior ministry says three other officers were wounded in the attack, which it blames on what it calls a band of terrorists.
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which bore the hallmarks of Islamic militants.
The attack was in the remote Wadi al-Jadid province and came a week after eight other policemen were killed by Islamic State militants in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.
Egyptian security forces have been battling IS-led militants in Sinai for years, but the insurgency has grown deadlier and more widespread over the last three years.