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.
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.