At least three Egyptian policemen were killed when a suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a police club in the Sinai Penisula on Wednesday, state media reported, as the Islamic State (IS) group claimed the attack.
State television said there were also wounded in the bombing in North Sinai provincial capital El-Arish.
The Islamic State group's affiliate in the Sinai said one of its militants drove an explosives-laden vehicle into a police club in the town.
The jihadists have carried out a string of attacks in or around the provincial capital in recent months after the army launched a sweeping campaign in the peninsula bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip.
The attack came days after a Russian passenger plane crashed in the peninsula after taking off from a resort airport in South Sinai, killing all 224 people on board.
IS has claimed it downed the plane but provided no details, and experts say other scenarios include a mechanical fault that caused it to disintegrate in mid air.
The group has deployed shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles in the past but they are not known to possess weapons that could bring down an airliner flying at high altitude.
The militants have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
They say their attacks have been in retaliation for an ensuing police crackdown in which hundreds of Morsi supporters have been killed and thousands, including the ousted president, have been jailed.
In an interview with BBC, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi, who is expected in London on Thursday, said the Sinai "is under our full control."
But the attacks around El-Arish suggest the jihadists are still capable of continuing their deadly insurgency.
Several people were killed Wednesday when a plane crash-landed shortly after taking off from South Sudan's capital Juba, an AFP reporter said.
The plane crashed onto a small island in the White Nile river, close to Juba airport.
Several small farming communities live on the island, and it was not clear if some of the victims were people who were on the ground when the plane hit.
"Cargo plane heading to Paloch in Upper Nile State crashed just 800 metres from Juba International Airport runway," reported Radio Miraya, a UN-backed station.
The radio said up to 40 people may have been killed, adding that airport officials had told them only three passengers had survived.
An AFP reporter at the scene said he could see people trying to search for survivors and carry "several" bodies out of the wreckage.
The main fuselage of the plane had ploughed into thick woodland, with debris scattered around the riverbank in a wide area.
Juba's airport is the busiest in the war-torn country, which is the size of Spain and Portugal combined but with few tarred roads.
The airport hosts regular commercial flights, as well as a constant string of military aircraft and cargo planes delivering aid to remote regions cut off by road.
Civil war broke out in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of planning a coup, setting off a cycle of retaliatory killings that has split the poverty-stricken, landlocked country along ethnic lines.
Fighting continues despite an August peace deal, but battles today are far from the capital.
Pix below at scene of crash:
AFP/File | Members of the South African National Union of Mineworkers demonstrate in front of the South Africa Chamber of Mines as they hand over a memorandum to its leadership on September 5, 2015
The Coalition of Unpaid Nurses and Midwives has declared indefinite strike over unpaid salaries and arrears.
The strike according to the group will take effect from tomorrow, Monday October 5, until all of them are paid.
The Nurses and Midwives claiming to be 7000 declared the strike in Accra on Sunday. They are mainly nurses and midwives who were employed between 2011 and 2015.
The nurses said while some have not been paid for more than a year, others received only three months payment after working for more than three years.
Spokesperson for the Coalition, Douglas Adu-Fokuo urged members not be intimidated but resolute in their demand by not “compromising on any promises, or whatsoever, from any authority or government officials.”
He apologized to their “cherished and innocent” patients and families but asked all to blame the government "for not doing its part to find out means” to address their concerns.
He insisted that the group will only return to work after they are paid because authorities have failed to honour all previous promises.
Egypt's Interior Ministry said early on Tuesday that it killed a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader it said was responsible for the group's "armed wing" and another member of the group in a shootout on Monday
Mohamed Kamal, 61, a member of the group's top leadership, and Yasser Shehata, another leader, were killed.
The ministry said it raided an apartment in Cairo's Bassateen neighbourhood after learning it was used by the leaders as a headquarters.
Kamal disappeared on Monday afternoon, the Muslim Brotherhood said on its social media accounts but gave no further updates. The Brotherhood says it is a peaceful
organisation. Reuters could not immediately reach the group for comment.
Shehata was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison for "assaulting a citizen and forcibly detaining the person in the headquarters of the freedom and Justice party," the political wing of the origination, the ministry said in its statement.
Kamal had been sentenced to life in prison on two counts in absentia, added the statement.
Kamal is one of the most prominent leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and a member of the Guidance Bureau. He was in charge of the supreme Administrative Committee, known as the youth committee. He resigned from the committee in May 2016, because the committee was opposed by other top leaders in the organization.
The Brotherhood, the Middle East's oldest Islamist movement, and long Egypt's main political opposition, said it is committed to peaceful activism designed to reverse what it calls a military coup in 2013.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi launched the toughest crackdown on Islamists in Egypt's modern history after toppling President Mohamed Mursi of the Brotherhood in 2013.