Egyptian officer killed by a sniper shot in North Sinai

Published August 23rd, 2016 - 12:00 GMT
Egyptian army special forces man a temporary checkpoint outside Sharm el-Sheikh airport. (AFP/File)
Egyptian army special forces man a temporary checkpoint outside Sharm el-Sheikh airport. (AFP/File)

An Egyptian security officer was shot dead on Monday night in the Egyptian city of al-Arish in the North Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian security sources said.

The sources told Ma'an that the officer was shot in the head by a sniper while he was in a military vehicle patrolling a street in al-Arish.

The slain officer was identified as Lieutenant Muhammad al-Said Abd al-Raziq, 25. His body was taken to al-Arish military hospital.

The attacker reportedly fled the scene.

Egyptian military and police forces have been the target of ongoing attacks, which have increased since Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi overthrew Muhammad Morsi in 2013.

Sisi has come under attack following his violent suppression of Morsi supporters and Muslim Brotherhood members following his rise to power, which he has argued is necessary to deter future attacks in the Sinai and across Egypt.

Sinai Province, the militant group responsible for a majority of attacks on military personnel in the Sinai, aligned with the Islamic State group in November 2014.


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