Egyptian security forces have killed 14 suspected militants during a raid in Sinai Peninsula in response to a deadly checkpoint attack.
This adds to the deaths reported on Wednesday. The interior ministry said that Wednesday’s attack killed eight Egyptian police officers and five militants.
However, the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) later said it was behind the attack.
The ministry said they followed the escaped suspects and found a hideout in an empty lot making the security forces to surround the suspected militants before engaging in a heavy shootout.
It adds that they found 14 guns, three explosive devices and two explosive belts in their possession.