Egypt policeman killed, two wounded in Sinai attacks
03 September 2014, 17:20
Cairo - An Egyptian policeman was shot dead and two colleagues were wounded in attacks in the restive Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, security officials said, a day after a bomb killed 11 policemen.
Assailants in a car gunned down a police sergeant in the North Sinai town of El-Arish, the officials said.
Two policemen were wounded later in a roadside bombing that targeted their armoured vehicle near the town, officials added.
The attacks came a day after the deadliest ambush of policemen in months, when a roadside bomb that exploded near an armoured police vehicle killed an officer and 10 conscripts.
Militants in Sinai have killed scores of policemen and soldiers in a string of attacks since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
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The attacks had decreased over the past months amid a massive military operation that killed dozens of suspected militants.
The main Sinai militant group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, had also conducted deadly bombings of police installations in the capital and the Nile Delta, and tried to assassinate the interior minister in a September 2013 suicide bombing.
The militants, who want to implement Islamic law, say their attacks are retaliation for the police killings of hundreds of pro-Morsi protesters in street clashes after his ouster.
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