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Egyptian forces kill Sinai monastry shooter

Egyptian forces kill Sinai monastry shooter

Egyptian security forces say that they have killed one of the shooters responsible for Tuesday's shooting near St Catherine's monastery in the Sinai Peninsula.

One police officer was killed and three were wounded during the attack which occurred at a checkpoint near the ancient site.

The Interior Ministry issued a statement confirming that the attack was carried out by a number of gunmen and that the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. 

"Security forces in South Sinai, in cooperation with Bedouin elements tracked the perpetrators' escape route and closed roads that would be used to escape the scene of the shooting," the ministry statement said. 

The suspect reportedly fired on security forces, forcing them to return fire. The suspect was injured and later succumbed to his wounds. 

The attack on the monastery comes days after Coptic Christian churches in Tanta and Alexandria were attacked by twin bombs on Palm Sunday, killing 45 people. ISIS also claimed responsibility for that attack. 

The group has threatened more attacks against Coptic Christians, who comprise around 10% of Egypt's more than 90 million population. 

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