Members of the United Nations Security Council have strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Egypt’s Sinai Penisula where militants detonated a roadside bomb and set ablaze armoured vehicles on Monday.
The militants then opened fire with machine guns at survivors of the blast.
At least 18 policemen were killed and 3 others were injured.
The interior ministry confirmed there had been an attack and that several policemen had been killed or injured.
The police convoy was travelling along the road between el-Arish and Qantara when a suspect vehicle tried to break through it, according to an interior ministry statement.
“When police forces dealt with the vehicle, it exploded and caused damages to the patrol’s vehicles,” it added. “This was followed by a shootout between the police officers and the terrorists, resulting in the death and injury of several policemen.”
The UNSC in a statement has described the Monday attack as heinous and of cowardly nature expressing its deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Egypt.
The Council members also reaffirmed its commitment to fight terrorism, underlining the need to bring perpetrator and financiers and of such acts of terrorism to justice.
The attack claimed by ISIL militants is so far the deadliest in recent months since July and it came just a day after the interior ministry said security forces had killed 10 suspected militants in a shootout during a raid on two apartments in Cairo.
Egypt has been battling militants in the Sinai for years but the insurgency has become far deadlier since the ousting of former president Mohammed Mursi in 2013.
Hundreds of police and soldiers have been killed since then.
Here is a look at some of the deadliest incidents in the country as well as an in-depth look at these attacks with CGTN’s Adel Mahrouky.