Breaking: 2 officers, including Bedouin, killed in North Sinai
Egyptian armed forces in Sinai - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Two security forces officers were shot dead in a private car by anonymous gunmen Friday in North Sinai, a security source told Youm7.

Mohamed Selmi, a brigadier general in the Central Security Forces, was killed in Sheikh Zuwayed city, near his home. The other victim was with him in the car.

Selmi is believed to be the first Sinai Bedouin officer to be assassinated in the history of the ongoing Sinai insurgency, as he belongs to the Sawarca tribe, Youm7 reported.

Security services are currently combing the area searching for the perpetrators.

North Sinai has been the scene of many violent attacks since the 2011 January 25 Revolution, and these activities increased after the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

The military has launched frequent security campaigns in the area, arrested suspects and demolished housing that it says hosts “terrorist” activity, including facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.

Reporting by Mohamed Hussein.

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