Woman killed by missile, local abducted by gunmen in North Sinai
Gunmen - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A woman was killed and two boys were injured Tuesday night after a missile from an “unknown source” fell over a house in Sheikh Zuwayed, North Sinai, Youm7 reported.

The woman was 25, and the boys, 14 and 10, were wounded by shrapnel.

Further, a local man was abducted Tuesday evening in the same city by gunmen, according to Youm7.

Missiles from “unknown sources” have killed a few Bedouins since the insurgency of Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis began in 2013. Although the group has claimed many attacks against the military and police that have killed dozens, attacks on civilians are often not claimed.

The militants, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in November, have abducted dozens of locals and beheaded them in the past year, accusing them of collaborating with the Egyptian and Israeli military.

The Egyptian military has strongly countered the insurgency with killing and arresting hundreds in the area, burning down and shelling “terrorist hubs,” and building a 1-kilometer buffer zone along the borders with Gaza. A nightly curfew has been in place since October, and is due to expire in April.

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