El-Arish (Egypt), Aug 15 (AP) Egyptian security officials say suspected Islamic militants have shot dead two policemen in el-Arish, capital of the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula, where an Islamic State affiliate is fighting security forces.Also Read - Cairo Archaeologists Discover Interior of Ancient Tomb at Egypt's Saqqara Necropolis

The officials say gunmen sprayed a police lieutenant’s car with gunfire today, killing him instantly. Later, assailants shot dead a policeman as he left his home. Also Read - Man Waits For 6 Months After Swallowing Phone, Undergoes Surgery After Experiencing Pain

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. Also Read - Semi-Aquatic Whale That Lived 43 Million Years Ago Named After Ancient Egyptian God

Today’s killings took to at least 12 the number of soldiers and policemen killed in northern Sinai since the weekend.

Egypt has for years been battling militants in Sinai, but the insurgency there intensified after the military’s 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. (AP) EMY

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.