Wave of deadly attacks hit Egyptian security posts

Authorities in the Sinai Peninsula have been battling insurgents who support Islamic State. Credit: Reuters

At least 20 members of the Egyptian security forces have been killed in suspected militant attacks in the country, military officials have said.

A police station and five checkpoints were targeted in North Sinai, with a car bomb exploding at one military post.

An army spokesman said 22 of the attackers were killed during the assaults.

A Sinai-based insurgency has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the Egyptian army toppled Islamist president Mohamed Mursi after mass protests against his rule in 2013.