“A cell of troopers of the caliphate managed to assault an Egyptian police roadblock… with a machine gun,” the jihadist group’s Amaq information company mentioned.
Three Egyptian policemen have been killed within the assault, the primary of its variety in almost three years in mainland Egypt, which has largely been spared the lethal insurgency within the close by Sinai peninsula.
Up to now few years, assaults in opposition to Egyptian safety forces have been concentrated within the Sinai, the place jihadists affiliated with IS function.
Eleven troopers have been killed on Might 7 in an assault in western Sinai.
Days later, one other 5 troopers and 7 jihadists died when the military was attacked within the peninsula.
Ismailia is without doubt one of the key cities overlooking Egypt’s Suez Canal, an important waterway between Asia and Europe that sees about 10 p.c of the world’s maritime commerce.