The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack at a security checkpoint near Egypt’s St Catherine’s monastery, according to the terrorist group’s news agency Amaq.
The attack has left one police officer killed and four other injured.
According to a statement released by the Ministry of Interior (MoI), a crossfire took place between militants and security forces. However, the security forces gained control and militants fled.
The attack comes over a week following another IS attacks on Tanta’s St George’s church and Alexandria’s St Marks church. The two church attacks left 47 killed and more than 100 injured.