File Photo: Egyptian Army soldiers patrol in an armored vehicle backed by a helicopter gunship during a sweep through villages in Sheikh Zuweyid, North Sinai (Photo: Reuters)
A police officer was killed and two policemen were injured Thursday afternoon when an improvised explosive device detonated in North Sinai’s El-Arish city, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.
Security sources told Al-Ahram that unknown assailants planted the IED near the second precinct police station in El-Arish.
The bomb killed 51-year-old first lieutenant Ahmed El-Sayed Ahmed from Beni Suef governorate, and injured 46-year-old police corporal Ahmed Ali Ibrahim and 21-year-old conscript Mohamed Fatouh.
Egypt’s army and police forces have been battling for several years a militant Islamist insurgency in North Sinai centered in the cities of El-Arish, Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid, with hundreds killed on both sides.