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Attack in Sinai kills one

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Eyewitnesses claim multiple attacks in Al-Arish were synchronised, prosecution to investigate killing of Christian

Egyptian troops and policemen had begun sweeps of north Sinai since May (AFP Photo)

Egyptian troops and policemen had begun sweeps of north Sinai since May
(AFP Photo)

By Basil El-Dabh and Nasser Al Azzazy

Unknown gunmen attacked a number of security headquarters in Sinai early Friday morning, leaving one police officer dead and wounding others.

The assailants engaged in a rocket-propelled grenade attack on security personnel near Al-Arish Airport, killing 40-year-old Colonel Ahmed Mahmoud Aboul Enein. 22-year-old police officer Al-Sayed Ibrahim Abdel Samad sustained injuries to the skull and was taken to Al-Arish Military Hospital.

The Al-Salam district of Al-Arish was the site of several attacks before dawn on Friday morning. Eyewitnesses claim that the First Al-Arish Police Station along with other security establishments in the area came under attack, saying the gunmen moved in large vehicles and carried out the attacks in a synchronised fashion.

North Sinai security dispatched Apache helicopters following the attacks to track the assailants.

Sinai continues to experience heightened levels of instability over the past two weeks.

Al-Arish prosecution opened an investigation to examine the case of 59 year old Magdy Lamay Habib, a Copt whose body was found decapitated on Thursday morning. Prosecution ordered a report showing the results of Habib’s autopsy before a burial permit.


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