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Egypt police: Militant involved in monastery attack killed

FILE -- In this Dec. 9, 2013 file photo, visitors leave Saint Catherine's Monastery on camels, in Saint Catherine, Egypt. The Islamic State extremist group said Tuesday, April 18, 2017, that its militants carried an attack on a police checkpoint near the famed Monastery in Sinai, which Egyptian security authorities said killed one policeman and wounded four. The attack on the monastery, built in the 6th century and a popular site for tourists visiting the Red Sea resorts along Sinai's southern coast, comes just over a week after suicide bombers attacked two churches in the Nile Delta city of Tanta and the coastal city of Alexandria, killing 45 people on Palm Sunday. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File)

FILE -- In this Dec. 9, 2013 file photo, visitors leave Saint Catherine's Monastery on camels, in Saint Catherine, Egypt. The Islamic State extremist group said Tuesday, April 18, 2017, that its militants carried an attack on a police checkpoint near the famed Monastery in Sinai, which Egyptian security authorities said killed one policeman and wounded four. The attack on the monastery, built in the 6th century and a popular site for tourists visiting the Red Sea resorts along Sinai's southern coast, comes just over a week after suicide bombers attacked two churches in the Nile Delta city of Tanta and the coastal city of Alexandria, killing 45 people on Palm Sunday. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File)  (The Associated Press)

Egypt's Interior Ministry says police have tracked and killed one of the militants involved in an attack on a checkpoint near the famed Saint Catherine's Monastery in Sinai the previous night.

The late Tuesday attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State group, killed one policeman and wounded at least three. It was a rare IS assault so far south in the peninsula, close to popular tourist destinations along the Red Sea coast.

The ministry said on Wednesday that Bedouin tribesmen helped track several militants who fled the scene after the attack. It says security forces then located and killed one of the militants, without providing details about what happened to the others.

The ministry says an investigation is underway to identify the slain militant