Policeman, soldier killed in drive-by shooting, IED attack in Arish
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CAIRO: A low-ranking policeman was killed in Arish after unidentified people shot at him, and a soldier was killed in an explosion of a bomb on the route of his military vehicle in Sheikh Zuwayed, Youm7 reported anonymous sources Monday.

Mohamed Sayed Hafez from the facilities police of North Sinai was killed in the drive-by shooting, an official source at the media department of the Interior Ministry told Youm7.

Meanwhile, a medical source in North Sinai told Youm7 the policeman’s body arrived in Arish Hospital after being shot outside his house in Arish.

The body of a soldier identified as Mohamed, 22, was also received at the same hospital, the medical source told Youm7.

On Monday, a policeman was killed after his vehicle crossed over a roadside bomb in Arish, Youm7 reported.

North Sinai has been hit by a wave of militant violence since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. Dozens of military and police forces were killed in the attacks, and hundreds of militants were killed and arrested, according to military statements.

While drive-by shootings and explosive devices are usual means by Sinai-based militants, the most recent wide-scale attack occurred July 1, 2015, killing some 21 soldiers. More than 100 militants were killed in the clashes, according to military spokesperson Mohamed Samir, and more than 100 others were killed in the following days.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Hussein and Mahmoud Abdel Rady

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