Egyptian military officer shot dead in Ismailia

Ahram Online, Sunday 30 Mar 2014

Mohamed Abdel-Salam, a retired army colonel, shot dead by masked group of armed assailants near the Ismailia-Cairo desert highway

Since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, militant attacks have mainly targeted army and police personnel (Photo: Reuters)

A retired military colonel was shot dead by a masked group of assailants in Ismailia, near a desert highway connecting the Suez Canal city and Cairo.

The armed group opened fire at 45-year-old Mohamed Abdel-Salam while he was in a car in front of Al-Safa Mosque, according to Al-Ahram's Arabic news website.

Abdel-Salam was shot in the head and the foot and died immediately, reported Al-Ahram.

Egypt has seen a spike in terrorist attacks mainly targeting security installations and personnel since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

A statement issued by the Egyptian foreign ministry on Saturday revealed that 469 people have died from militant attacks following Morsi's ouster.


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