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Nine terrorists killed in Egypt

Five policemen, including three officers, were also injured in the shootout, he said.

When the police forces approached to the apartment, terrorists opened fire on them, the official said.

In Monday's attack, the police convoy was travelling along the road between el-Arish and Qantara when a suspect vehicle tried to break through it, according to an interior ministry statement.

Once limiting their operations to North Sinai, the terrorist groups have recently started to carry out terrorist attacks in different governorates in Egypt including Cairo the capital.

Sunday's raid was not the first of its type - several IS members who have received military training in North Sinai began moving to Cairo for the sake of preparing and implementing attacks. That was the deadliest attacks in two years. One of the militants, they said, died when an explosive device he meant to use against the policemen went off prematurely, killing him instantly.

Nine suspected terrorists have been killed in a shootout in Egypt's third largest city Giza, home to the legendary Great Pyramids and the Sphinx.

Hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed by militants affiliated to IS since 2013, when the Egyptian military overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

An anonymous security source told Al-Ahram that three militants have been killed in the attack as well.

One of the security sources said authorities suspect the individuals to be members of Hasm, a group which has claimed several attacks around the Egyptian capital targeting judges and policemen since a year ago.

One of the suspects reportedly attempted to detonate a suicide belt but was killed by the police.