Egyptian army conscript shot in the head in North Sinai

Ahram Online, Sunday 24 Aug 2014

A conscript was seriously injured during a security operation against militants in North Sinai on Sunday

An Egyptian army conscript suffered a gunshot wound to the head on Sunday during a security operation against militants in North Sinai's Sheikh Zuweid, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported.

The 22-year old was shot with live ammunition and has been sent to Al-Arish military hospital, a security source told Al-Ahram.

Egypt has been hit with an upsurge in Islamist militancy since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi last summer, with Sinai-based militants mainly targeting security forces both in the restive peninsula and in major cities including the capital.

Radical groups have claimed responsibility for most of the attacks.

Hundreds of police and troops have been killed in the violence which has also led to civilian casualties. The police and army have retaliated with a series of campaigns against militants in Sinai that has left hundreds dead.

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