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Gunmen attack military commander in Egypt's Sinai

Iran Press TV

Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:50PM GMT

Gunmen have opened fire on the car of a senior military commander in the volatile Sinai Peninsula, an army spokesman has said.

The spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday that the car of the second field army chief "came under heavy fire, which led to clashes between security forces and the terrorist elements," AFP reported.

The attack took place in the Sheikh Zuwayed area near the border with the Gaza Strip.

Security officials said the commander survived the attack unharmed but one girl was hurt during the exchange of fire and died later in hospital.

This is the latest in a string of attacks in Sinai "targeting the army and the police in recent days with the aim of sowing chaos and harming the stability and national security of Egypt," the statement said.

The incident took place a day after two people died in an attack by militants on a security checkpoint manned by Egyptian security forces.

In August 2012, 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed in an attack on a police station at the border region. It was the deadliest incident in Egypt's Sinai in decades.

In response, Cairo launched an offensive against terrorists in Sinai, sending thousands of troops backed by tanks and heavy equipment into the region.

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