CAIRO: North Sinai security chief Major General Ali Abou Zeid was dismissed Saturday only two days after five policemen were gunned down by unnamed assailants Saturday, Youm7 reported.
Abou Zeid, who was promoted to hold the post of Deputy Interior Minister for North Sinai region, was replaced by General Sayed al Habbal.
Head of North Sinai Central Forces Directorate Major General Ahmed Said was also dismissed and replaced by Major General Abdel Motalib al Desouky.
Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.