Islamic State Claims Attack Near Famed Monastery

The coffin, said to hold the remains of St. Catherine, is seen inside the Greek Orthodox Saint Catherine's monastery, in the Sinai Peninsula, Dec. 8, 2015.
The coffin, said to hold the remains of St. Catherine, is seen inside the Greek Orthodox Saint Catherine's monastery, in the Sinai Peninsula, Dec. 8, 2015. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Islamic State was responsible for an attack on a police checkpoint just outside Egypt's St. Catherine's Monastery in southern Sinai, the group's Amaq news agency said on Tuesday.

The attack, which killed one police officer and injured four others, came just over a week after two deadly church bombings that killed 45 and were also claimed by Islamic State.

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