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MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered condolences to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi over the deaths of Egyptian police officers and military servicemen in a terrorist attack that rocked the Sinai city of al-Arish.
"This attack once again proves the need to consolidate the world community’s efforts aimed at combating international terrorism," the Russian leader stated in his message of condolence.
Putin confirmed Russia’s readiness to boost cooperation with Egypt in the war on terror. He also extended his sympathy to the families and friends of those killed and wished the wounded victims a speedy recovery.
Nine Egyptian law enforcement officers lost their lives on Monday morning in a terrorist attack by a checkpoint in the city of al-Arish on the northern Sinai Peninsula.
According to media reports, a car bomb exploded on the road leading to the checkpoint, after that extremists shelled the checkpoint with mortars.