CAIRO:–The death toll from an attack on a police checkpoint claimed by the Islamic State militant group in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has risen to 15, the interior ministry said Sunday. The ministry said a checkpoint near North Sinai's provincial capital of El-Arish was struck by mortar fire late on Saturday, but IS said a suicide bomber blew up a car at the police post, which militants then raided. Three officers and 12 policemen were killed in the attack, the ministry said in a statement on Sunday, updating an earlier death toll of 13.–AFP

The attack was the deadliest in months in Sinai, where IS's Egyptian branch is waging an insurgency that has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers.