Police officer, 2 conscripts injured in North Sinai shooting

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North Sinai has seen attacks on police, the army and incidents of kidnapping in recent months AFP Photo

A policeman and two conscripts were shot by unknown assailants on Monday in the city of Al-Arish, according to local media.

The victims were transferred to Al-Arish hospital. The Ministry of Interior has not published any statements on the incidents yet.

Assassinations are common in Al-Arish. Those usually target police officers, conscripts, and state officials. The most active militant group in the area is Sinai Province, which is affiliated to the Islamic State (IS), though no group has as of yet declared responsibility of the most recent attack.

Last week, two solders were killed by sniper fire in different areas in North Sinai. Sinai Province published last April a video that documented more than five alleged sniper operations against army solders on duty in different parts of North Sinai.

Since early July, the military intensified its “Martyr’s Right” operation after a suicide bomber stormed into the military post in the village of Rafah in North Sinai, killing and injuring at least 26 military personnel. The attack was claimed by Sinai Province.

The group, previously known as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, swore allegiance to the IS in 2014 and has launched deadly attacks on army and police checkpoints.

The Cairo Criminal Court designated the group as a terrorist organisation in 2015.


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