CAIRO: A police officer was shot dead in Arish after an unidentified gunman targeted him on his way to work, the Ministry of Interior said Monday.
According to the ministry’s official press statement, Ramadan Ghoneim, a police officer from the North Sinai Security Directorate, was killed before dawn on March 24.
Police forces established a security cordon around the crime scene and are currently looking for potential suspects.
A military funeral is being organized by the Security Directorate in Menoufia, Ghoneim’s town, for when his body is delivered, reported Youm7.
The security situation remains tense in Arish, as police officers continue to be a top target for unknown assailants. Alleged militant groups operating in Sinai, such as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis and Ansar al-Sharia Brigades, have claimed responsibility for attacking police and military officers.
On March 18, the latter announced their responsibility for the assassination of 28 police officers in three governorates; Sharqia, Giza and Beni Suef.
Meanwhile, security forces continue their counterterrorism raids across Egypt, particularly in the Sinai. “Security forces conduct raids in one of the most dangerous terrorist spots in the country,” the ministry said in a March 19 statement.
The ministry believes a conspiracy is underway supported by the banned Muslim Brotherhood with the help of foreign elements who are targeting military and police institutions.
According to Sayed Shafiq, deputy minister for general security, this critical phase requires more sacrifice from police and military soldiers, MENA reported Thursday.
In a meeting with 200 police officers, Shaqfiq called on them to utilize the training they received and build upon reports collected by the ministry’s scientific investigation and forensic evidence institute.
“Policemen are determined to eradicate terrorism,” he stated.
Additional reporting by Mohamed Fathy.