Two policemen killed in Sinai attack-UPDATED

A group of unidentified gunmen showered a local police station with bullets in Arish in northern Sinai, source said

Two policemen killed in Sinai attack-UPDATED

Two Egyptian policemen were killed on Monday in a militant attack on a police station in the restive Sinai Peninsula, a security source said.

Medical sources had earlier put the number of fatalities at three, but a security source later confirmed that only two policemen had been killed in the attack.

A group of unidentified gunmen showered a local police station with bullets in the city of Arish in northern Sinai, the source said.

Police reportedly returned fire before the attackers fled the scene.

The attack left a third policeman injured, according to the source.

A second attack, meanwhile, targeted a police station in the Masaeed area in western Arish, leaving one soldier injured, eyewitnesses said.

Three other separate attacks across the peninsula on Monday left another three policemen injured.

No individuals or groups have claimed responsibility for Monday's attacks.

Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, which shares borders with both Israel and the Gaza Strip, has seen almost daily attacks by unknown gunmen since the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi by Egypt's powerful military establishment.

Last month, 25 policemen were killed in North Sinai in a single attack by suspected militants.

The attacks have spurred the Egyptian army to launch a massive offensive against militant groups thought to be based in the region.

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