Two members of the Egyptian police force were killed by an unknown assailant in Giza Saturday. One of those killed was a police colonel, according the run-state Al-Ahram Newspaper.
Security forces have created security check points in the vicinity of the attack. No militant group has yet claimed responsibility.
Meanwhile, North Sinai security forces killed 14 militants and arrested 13 suspects as part of the military operation Martyr’s Right. The operation, which started in September, is part of the government’s plan to confront paramilitary groups in Arish, Rafa, and Sheikh Zuweid, according to an army spokesman’s statement.
The military described the operation as Egypt’s largest military action to confront the extra-state militants in North Sinai. According to separate statements by military spokesmen, 122 militants have been killed by security forces during the course of the operation.
Under the framework of the operation, military engineers have thwarted 16 planned explosion that targeted security personnel in various areas of North Sinai.
Shootings that target police and army officers and state officials have become a near weekly occurrence in Egypt since the ousting of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
The Egyptian government has been waging a counterinsurgency campaign on members and affiliates of Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, now known as “Sinai Province”, an armed group that has carried out a number of attacks on security outposts and has claimed responsibility for attacks in Giza, Cairo, Ismailia, and Sinai. In September 2013, former Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim was the target of an a