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CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State is responsible for an attack on a security checkpoint in Egypt's North Sinai province that killed at least eight people on Monday, the group's Amaq news agency said on Tuesday.

"A surprise attack launched by Islamic State fighters on a checkpoint west of Arish city in North Sinai followed the detonation of a car bomb parked by an Islamic State fighter," Amaq reported.

(Reporting by Mohamed el Sherif; Writing by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Ahmed Aboulenein)