Policeman killed amid series of attacks on security forces
Egyptian central security forces - YOUM7 (Archive)
By MOHAMED ABDEL MEGEED

CAIRO: Unidentified assailants opened fire on a police checkpoint Thursday in Arish, the capital of North Sinai, killing one policeman.

Security institutions and personnel have been the target of a number of attacks since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi on July 3.

On Thursday, former parliamentarian Hamdy el-Fakharany said that “terrorists” kill officers and soldiers, responsible for securing the state’s institutions, to “threaten people and disrupt their lives.”

Sinai based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis have claimed responsibility for a number of attacks targeting police and military forces during the last 3 months.

On Dec. 24, a car bomb exploded at Dakahlia Security Directorate killing 14 and injuring 134.

One day before the third anniversary of January 25 Revolution, another car bomb explosion rocked the Cairo Security Directorate on Jan. 24 resulting in four deaths and 76 injuries.

Maqdis, the most active militant group in the country, also claimed responsibility for a Jan.23 attack on a police checkpoint in Beni Suef that killed 5 policemen.

The group also claimed responsibility for shooting down a military helicopter in Sinai on Jan. 25.

It was also responsible for the murder of the technical department head at the Ministry of Interior Major General Mohamed Saed, who was killed in front of his home on Jan. 28.

On Feb. 16 the group detonated a bomb on a tourist bus in Taba land port, leaving four dead, including three South Korean tourists and 13 injuries.  The attack signaled a shift in the group’s strategy to start targeting Egypt’s tourism industry.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Hussein, Ibrahim Mohamed and Abdel Latif Sobh.

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