NORTH SINAI, Egypt: An armed group attacked a military checkpoint in Arish, North Sinai Sunday evening, killing one civilian and injuring a soldier was injured, according to a security source.
The civilian died from a headshot and the injured solider was transferred to Arish Military Hospital.
The source said that security forces exchanged fire with the attackers, all stores shut down, and a state of emergency was announced. The attack coincided with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s inauguration.
The 21-year-old soldier from Beni Suef will be transferred to Cairo for the rest of his medical treatment.
Three police officers were injured in a targeted explosion south of Sheikh Zuwayed in North Sinai On June 1. A bomb squad from the Sinai Security Directorate department was injured in the explosion, including the head of the department.
Sinai is one of the challenges for President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who officially swore in Sunday.
Al-Qaeda-inspired militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has been launching attacks on the armed and security checkpoints in Sinai, especially after the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013.
Military forces retaliated and launched large scale military operation against “highly dangerous criminal elements” in North Sinai, military spokesperson Ahmed Ali announced Friday on his official Facebook account on May 23. The latest operation resulted in the death of six suspected militants, said Ali.