Policeman shot dead outside his house in N. Sinai’s Arish
Policemen investigate the site of a car bomb attack on the convoy of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat near his house at Heliopolis district in Cairo, June 29, 2015.

CAIRO: A police officer was shot dead by unknown assailants in North Sinai’s town of Arish, The Interior Ministry said Sunday.

“Capt. Abdullah Khalil of North Sinai security directorate was killed in front of his house in Arish after masked men opened fire on him,” the ministry said in a statement on its official Facebook page.

Police are now combing the area in search for the perpetrators, according to the statement.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. Security forces have launched an investigation into the attack.

The attack came only two days after a low-ranking police officer was shot dead Friday evening by unknown assailants in a railway crossing south of Giza. It also came a few hours after two army personnel were killed and two others were injured Saturday when an explosive device went off in North Sinai’s city of Rafah next to the border with the Gaza Strip.

Sinai Peninsula has been under a state of emergency since October 2014, following a deadly terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 33 soldiers.

Militant attacks on police and army personnel as well as state institutions have been recurrent since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following a mass protest against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.

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