Egypt: Policeman killed by gunmen in Sinai

12th Jul 2013

NORTH SINAI,  (Xinhua): A policeman was killed and a recruit was seriously injured early Friday as gunmen attacked a checkpoint in North Sinai, a security source told Xinhua.

“The gunmen were driving a small vehicle when they attacked a checkpoint by rocket-propelled grenades at Al-Mahagir area that leads to the southern entrance of Arish city,” the source added.

The 40-year-old policeman had his two legs amputated before he died at Arish Hospital, while the recruit was seriously wounded in the head.

Over the past week, at least 10 people including civilians and security personnel, were killed by similar attacks on the Peninsula bordering Israel.

On Wednesday, gunmen opened fire on top Egyptian military commander in Sheikh Zuweid area in North Sinai.

On Sunday morning, a group of militants bombed a North Sinai pipeline that transports natural gas to Jordan.

The attacks came after the Egyptian army ousted President Mohamed Morsi last week in response to millions of protesters who demanded his removal due to his “maladministration” since he came to power a year ago.

However, supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood president condemned the move as “a military coup” and vowed to sacrifice for Morsi’s legitimacy as the leader of the country.

The assailants in Sinai are believed to belong to Jihadist groups who vowed to die for Morsi’s legitimacy.


Editor: Fu Peng

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