Militants kill eight security personnel in Sinai

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At least eight Egyptian security personnel have been killed after militants stormed a checkpoint in north Sinai.

"Terrorist elements targeted a checkpoint west of El Arish early this morning. The exchange of fire killed five terrorists and eight policemen were martyred," a ministry statement said.

Some militants have escaped and security forces are following "their movements".

The three wounded police officers have been transferred to El-Arish public hospital. 

There are fears the death toll could rise following reports of attacks on multiple checkpoints.

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