Egypt: Sinai attack kills at least three officers


Members of the Egyptian security forces take position during an operation in the northern Sinai peninsula on August 08, 2012.

Egyptian security officials said at least three policemen were killed when their car was attacked today in the Sinai Peninsula, according to Reuters.

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Two officers were killed immediately by gunfire when their vehicle was attacked in the northern city of al-Arish, authorities said, while the third died of wounds later in the hospital. No one has claimed responsibility for the assault, but local officials said Islamic militants are believed behind the incident, according to Reuters

The attackers fled the scene of the crime and have not been found, Al Jazeera cited state television as saying. 

Egyptian forces are currently searching the area for those responsible for the August 5 killing of 16 guards stationed on Egypt's Israeli border.

Sinai is a known crossing point for militants and considered a haven of criminal activity.