Gunmen open fire on security checkpoint, injuring officer
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis members - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A 24-year-old security officer was shot in an attack at a checkpoint in Sheikh Zuwayed Monday and was being treated at the Arish Military Hospital, Al-Dostour reported.

Witnesses reported that gunmen attacked a checkpoint in the area of Al-Kawthar, in the city of Sheikh Zuwayed, and that they heard the sounds of three explosions they believed were from rocket-propelled grenade weapons, Youm7 reported.  

The officer was injured with gunshots after unidentified gunmen opened fire on a group of security forces, who responded by shooting, causing panic among residents, Youm7 reported.

“Three terrorists were killed in an attempt to attack a security checkpoint,” military spokesperson Ahmed Mohamed Ali said in a press statement posted on his official Facebook page on Monday. “Four others were arrested.”

Meanwhile, the Cairo Court for Urgent Affairs ruled that Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis is a “terrorist organization” on Monday. The group is one of the most dominant militant groups in the Sinai that has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks on police, military, and tourists.

Security forces have arrested a number of prominent Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis members, who face charges of forming “terrorist” networks and attacking Egypt’s national security.

Among the attacks was an explosion at the Dakahlia Security Directorate in December that killed 14 people, followed by a similar attack on the Cairo Security Directorate in January that killed four people. Other attacks included a bombing of a tourist bus in February that killed four people.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Hussein.

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