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Militants kill policeman in Egypt Sinai

Iran Press TV

Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:4AM GMT

Militants have attacked a police armored vehicle at a security checkpoint in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing a policeman.

According to Egyptian security officials, militants used rocket-propelled grenades in Friday’s attack.

A police conscript was also injured in the assault, the officials added.

Reports say that a police station in the town of El-Arish also came under attack on the same day amid crisis in the North African country.

On Wednesday, gunmen opened fire on the car of a senior military commander in Sina’s Sheikh Zuwayed area near the border with the Gaza Strip which led to clashes between security forces and the attackers.

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

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

Since last week, Egypt has been the scene of rival rallies and clashes between thousands of the supporters and opponents of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi. Many people have been killed over the past few days, with more than 80 deaths reported on July 8 alone.

On July 3, Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that Morsi was no longer in office and declared that the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, had been appointed as the new interim president.

Morsi is reportedly being held “preventively” by the military.


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