Officer killed, 2 injured defusing bomb in N. Sinai
Islamic States (IS) militants in Sinai. YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A police officer was killed and two were injured while defusing an explosive device in Sheikh Zuwayed, North Sinai Sunday, according to military spokesperson Mohamed Samir.

Seven gunmen were killed in the governorate Saturday to Sunday, a security source told Youm7.

Four of the gunmen were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces, two were killed in a siege of a “terrorist hub” in Arish, and another was killed in Rafah in possession of seven machine guns.

Sinai insurgents Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) released a video earlier in December calling on North Sinai’s locals to “at least” stop providing the military with information if they wished to avoid coming into conflict with the group.

In 2014, 97 police officers were killed and 130 were injured in the Sinai, aside from dozens of victims from the military, according to Youm7.

ABM pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group (IS) in November and has since proclaimed itself as “Wilayat Sinai” (State of Sinai), claiming the peninsula now falls under the control of the IS, which controls swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq.

The most recent large-scale attack by ABM took place in October when coordinated strikes in the Sinai killed over 30 security personnel. Police officials have reported the majority of assailants in those attacks have subsequently been killed in security raids.

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