Egyptian policeman killed in militant attack in Sinai

Reuters News
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Posted: Jul 11, 2013 10:16 PM

CAIRO (Reuters) - One Egyptian policeman was killed and another was badly wounded on Friday by militants who fired rocket-propelled grenades at security checkpoints in the lawless Sinai peninsula, near the border with Israel, security sources said.

Hardline Islamist groups based in North Sinai have intensified their attacks on police checkpoints over the past two years, exploiting the security and political vacuum following the 2011 uprising that ousted autocratic President Hosni Mubarak.

The violence has spiked since last week's overthrow of elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi by the army and the militants have attacked security checkpoints almost every day.

Friday's deadly attack took place in the peninsula's northern city of Al-Arish, the sources said.

Earlier on Friday, a police station and two army checkpoints in the city also came under attack by militants firing rocket-propelled grenades, according to the security sources. No one was wounded in those attacks.

On July 10, two Egyptians were killed and six were wounded in a militant attack on security checkpoints in the remote village of Sadr El-Heytan, in the center of Sinai.

(Reporting by Yusri Mohamed; Writing by Yasmine Saleh; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)