Roadside blast kills police officer in Egypt's Sinai

Sinai has remained epicenter of deadly insurgency since 2013 military coup against first freely elected president

Roadside blast kills police officer in Egypt's Sinai

World Bulletin / News Desk

A senior police officer was killed late Wednesday in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, according to a statement issued by the Interior Ministry.

“A security vehicle struck a roadside bomb while passing through the city of Al-Arish in North Sinai,” the statement read.

The attack, it added, had led to the death of Police Colonel Yassir al-Hadidi and the injury of another police officer and a conscript.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Sinai has remained at the epicenter of a deadly militant insurgency since mid-2013, when Mohamed Morsi -- Egypt’s first freely-elected president -- was ousted in a military coup.

Since then, hundreds of Egyptian security personnel have been killed in militant attacks across the volatile peninsula.

Egyptian security forces, for their part, continue to wage a fierce campaign -- involving elements of both the police and army -- against what they describe as Sinai-based "terrorist groups".

Egypt’s army-backed authorities say they are battling the Welayat Sinai ("Province of Sinai") group, which is alleged to have links with the ISIL terrorist organization.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Mart 2017, 14:42