CAIRO — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for killing four Egyptian policemen in restive northern Sinai peninsula.

The group said in a Thursday statement carried by its news agency Aamaq and circulated on social media that its militants carried out the attack on Wednesday in the town of el-Arish.

The Associated Press couldn’t independently verify the authenticity of the statement.

The state-run newspaper Al-Ahram said on Wednesday that authorities were hunting the militants who opened fire on the policemen as they were riding in a private car.

Egypt in recent years has been battling a stepped-up insurgency in northern Sinai, mainly by militants from an Islamic State affiliate. The campaign accelerated after the military ousted elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

SHARE
Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.