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Islamic group state claims attack on police in Egypt's Sinai

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for killing four Egyptian policemen in restive northern Sinai peninsula.

The group said in a Thursday statement carried by its news agency AMAQ and circulated on social media that its militants carried out the attack on Wednesday in the town of el-Arish.

The Associated Press couldn't independently verify the authenticity of the statement.

State-run newspaper Al-Ahram newspaper said Wednesday that authorities are hunting the militants who opened fire on the policemen as they were riding in a private car.

Egypt in recent years has been battling a stepped-up insurgency in northern Sinai, mainly by militants from an Islamic State group affiliate. The campaign accelerated after the military ousted elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.