Islamic State claims attack near Egypt's St. Catherine's Monastery: Amaq

FILE PHOTO - Special police forces stand guard as a Greek monk is seen on the top of a church at Saint Catherine's monastery, in the Sinai Peninsula, south of Egypt, in this file photo taken December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/File Photo

CAIRO (Reuters) - 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.

Reporting by Ali Abdelaty; writing by Eric Knecht, editing by G Crosse