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Low-ranking police officer shot dead in Egypt’s North Sinai

The officer was shot in front of his house in North Sinai's Al-Arish

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Jun 2016
North Sinai
An Egyptian military vehicle is seen on the highway in northern Sinai, Egypt, in this May 25, 2015 file photo (Reuters)

Unknown assailants shot dead a low-ranking police officer in North Sinai late on Sunday, Egypt’s interior ministry said in a statement.

The officer was killed in front of his house in Al-Arish, the provincial capital.

The assailants are still at large.

Earlier on the same day in the North Sinai governorate, an improvised explosive device went off, killing a police captain and injuring another person. 

Egypt's security forces are fighting a decade-long Islamist insurgency in parts of North Sinai, which has spiked since 2013.

An ongoing military campaign aims at purging the governorate of militants through "pre-emptive strikes against terrorist elements," according to an army statement in May.

A state of emergency has been imposed in areas of North Sinai since August 2013 after violence erupted following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.


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