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Egypt: 'IS attack' kills 12 security forces personnel in Sinai

The border between Egypt and Israel in the Sinai Peninsula Credit: Reuters

There are reports that the so-called Islamic State has carried out an attack that killed at least 12 members of Egypt's security forces in North Sinai.

Eight other people are said to have been seriously injured after the attack on a check point 25 miles from the town of Bir al-Abd today.

This is the first major attack in the central Sinai area which was carried out with assault rifles and heavier weapons.

What will UK security experts be examining in Sharm el-Sheikh?

The UK has suspended flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh after No 10 said there is a "significant possibility" that a Russian plane was brought down by an explosion.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says "emergency procedures" for additional screening and security measures at Sharm el-Sheikh airport will be put in place.

ITV News Presenter Julie Etchingham looks into the security situation in Sharm el-Sheikh:


Two killed in rocket attack on bus in Egypt's Sinai

At least two people were killed and 14 wounded early on Monday in Egypt's North Sinai province when suspected militants used rocket propelled grenades to attack a bus carrying workers employed at a cement factory, security and medical sources told Reuters.

They said the bus was fired on in the city of El Arish, at the centre of a sharp rise in Islamist militant attacks in the lawless region bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip since President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military on July 3rd.

Reports: Islamist gunmen attack Egyptian forces in Sinai

Islamist gunmen have staged multiple attacks on security forces in Egypt's troubled Sinai Peninsula, security sources and state television reported.

The security sources said a soldier was killed and two were wounded when a police station in Rafah on the border with the Gaza Strip came under rocket fire. The police post is close to the local headquarters of military intelligence.

It was not clear whether the attacks were coordinated and in reaction to Mohamed Morsi's removal as president.