Car bomb kills Egypt policeman in Ismailia

It was not clear if the attack was the work of a suicide bomber

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A car bomb killed an Egyptian police officer and injured 35 others on Thursday in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia.

The bombing was followed by gunshots, officials said, adding that several ambulances were rushed to the site of the attack, according to Agence France-Presse.

It was not clear if the attack was the work of a suicide bomber.

The security sources said 6 civilians were also injured in the attack, Reuters reported.

Militant attacks on the police and army have been on the rise in Egypt since the army ousted Islamist President Mohammad Mursi in July after mass protests against him.

An Al-Qaeda inspired group operating in the Sinai Peninsula, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, has claimed several of these attacks, including a car bombing outside a military building in Ismailiya on Oct.19 that wounded six soldiers.

The group had also claimed a car bombing in September that targeted the convoy of Egypt's interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim in Cairo. He was not hurt in that attack.

(With Reuters and AFP)