Police officer killed in a checkpoint in North Sinai
North Sinai - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A security officer was shot dead after unidentified assailants opened fire in a checkpoint at North Sinai’s town of Rafah, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

Capt. Ayman Fouad, 26, in charge of al-Barahma checkpoint north of Rafah was killed in a gunfire exchange with unknown gunmen who shot him in his head, a security source told Youm7.

Fouad was escorted to al-Arish military hospital where he died of his injuries.

Security forces deployed to the scene, while the vicinity of the checkpoint was combed and cordoned in search for perpetrators, the source added.

A rise in explosions and violence around Egypt is being witnessed ahead of the Egypt Economic Development Conference scheduled for 13-15 March.

“Perpetrators of such attacks aim to discourage potential investors and want to shift global opinion and to present Egypt as unsafe,” President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said in a televised speech Monday.

Bombs have also targeted mobile and telecommunications branches, electricity towers, natural gas pipelines and shopping malls.

“We have expected the escalation of the attacks in the days preceding the conference. This will not terrify us and Egypt is determined to accomplish its economic, social and goals along with the roadmap,” said Sisi.

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