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Islamic State Claims Attack near St Catherine's Monastery

Islamic State Claims Attack near St Catherine's Monastery

An attacker detonated a bomb at a checkpoint near the St. Catherine monastery in South Sinai Governorate, killing one officer and wounding four soldiers, Al Arabiya reported.

A policeman was killed and three others were injured after suspected Islamic State terrorists opened fire on a security checkpoint near Saint Catharine monastery in Egypt's South Sinai, the Ministry of Interior has said.

IS claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after.

Egypt is battling a militant insurgency in north Sinai that has killed hundreds of policemen and troops since the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. This is the first time the ISIS has attacked a monastery.

IS has threatened to carry out more attacks on the minority, which makes up about 10 per cent of Egypt's 92 million people.

Egyptian Coptic Christians prepare to pray during the Easter Eve service at St Mark's Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt after an attack on the church on Palm Sunday.

The attack comes ju st 10 days before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt and ju st over a week after two deadly suicide bombings on Chri st ian churches, also claimed by Islamic St ate, plunged the country into mourning and marked one of the bloodie st days for the country's Chri st ian minority in decades. The U.S. issued a travel warning on Wednesday, advising its nationals in Egypt to stay away from places of worship for the next two weeks and to avoid crowds as long as they remain in the country. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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