A roadside bombing killed two Egyptian policemen today in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, where Islamic State group jihadists are waging a fierce insurgency, the interior ministry said. The bomb targeted a truck distributing water to police checkpoints on a highway leading to El-Arish, the capital of north Sinai, the ministry said in a statement. The explosion also wounded a police conscript, it added. Jihadists have killed hundreds of soldiers and police since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
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They pledged allegiance to IS more than a year later, and their attacks have persisted despite a sweeping military campaign in the peninsula which borders Israel and the Gaza Strip.
The jihadists have also targeted foreigners, claiming the bombing in 2015 of a Russian airliner carrying tourists home from a Sinai resort. All 224 people on board were killed.