Sunday, October 19, 2014

Egypt: Three Cops Killed, Seven Others Injured in Northern Sinai

According to The Latin American Tribune, three Egyptian policemen were killed and seven others were injured after militants attacked their patrol vehicles in the northern Sinai, the official Egyptian news agency MENA reported on Friday (October 17).

The attack came in the form of an IED attack took place late Thursday (October 16) when the officers were driving along the main road in al-Masaid region, next to the city of al-Arish. 

Two of the officers were killed, while the third died after being admitted to a hospital, the agency added.

Police did not immediately comment on whether the attackers made use of a homemade grenade launcher or if the officers died in the explosion of twin IEDs that detonated when their vehicles were passing over them.

COMMENT: The attacks follow an offensive one week earlier by Egyptian security forces against Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Supporters of Jerusalem) radical group, in which between 10 or 20 of its members were killed, including some of its leaders.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has launched several attacks against the security forces in Sinai in recent months.

The movement was founded in 2011, amid the chaos that swept through the Arab country after the outbreak of January 25 Revolution.

The Sinai has become a focal point of unrest since the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July, 2013 who was removed by the Egyptian military in the wake of mass protests against his rule.

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