08 July, 2017
Since then, hundreds of Egyptian security personnel have been killed in attacks across the volatile region, especially in northeastern Sinai, which shares borders with both Israel and the blockaded Gaza Strip.
Egyptian security officials said two suicide vehicle bombers on Friday struck a security checkpoint in North Sinai where Islamic State group militants are waging a deadly insurgency.
After the attack, the militants looted the checkpoint, taking away weapons and ammunition before fleeing the scene.
The explosion was followed by heavy gunfire from dozens of masked militants.
North of Cairo, two gunmen shot dead an officer with the police´s National Security service on Friday as he left his home, the interior ministry said in a statement.
The attack is the most severe in Sinai since at least July 2015, when Islamic State militants assaulted simultaneously a slew of checkpoints and military sites around North Sinai.
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The army says six vehicles were also destroyed.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Sinai so far.
The army's statement reported that additional attacks were foiled in northern Sinai.
The attacks, mainly targeting police and military, increased after the ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule. On his page, al-Rifai posted photographs of allegedly slain militants dressed in military uniforms.
However, in recent years Egypt has been battling militants from an Islamic State group affiliate in the area.
The military has launched security campaigns in the North Sinai area, killing several militants. About 100 Copts have been killed in such attacks in mainland Egypt since December.