Two Egyptian policemen killed in Sinai Peninsula

Two Egyptian policemen killed in Sinai Peninsula

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Two Egyptian police officers have been killed in a drive-by shooting in the violence-plagued Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian officials say.

Security and medical officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the militants fired at a group of policemen in El-Arish, the capital city of North Sinai province, killing two and injuring a third, late on Friday.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. However, such attacks are usually blamed on Takfiri terrorists.

On Thursday, at least two Egyptian soldiers were killed in a surprise attack by unidentified armed men against a security checkpoint in the restive peninsula.

The developments came after an Egyptian AH-64 Apache attack helicopter pounded a militant hideout in the Sahel al-Bahr area of Rafah on Wednesday, killing 15 militants.

Six other militants were also killed on Wednesday when another Egyptian chopper carried out attacks on targets in the southern town of Matalla, situated approximately 344 kilometers (213 miles) northeast from the capital Cairo. Egyptian forces also destroyed a warehouse used for stockpiling munitions and explosive devices in the process.

This file photo shows Sinai Province militants, previously known as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, with a group of hostages in Egypt’s troubled Sinai Peninsula.

A state of emergency has been declared in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula since a militant attack on an Egyptian army checkpoint killed more than 30 soldiers in October 2014.

The Egyptian military considers the Sinai Peninsula a safe haven for gunmen, who use the region as a base for their “acts of terror.”

Since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, gunmen have launched terrorist attacks in Sinai, killing Egyptian security forces.

Sinai Province militants, previously known as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, have claimed responsibility for most of the attacks in the region. The group pledged allegiance to the ISIL terrorist group last November.

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