Egypt security arrests three suspects for targeting police facilities

ARISH, North Sinai, Egypt: Three suspects in the attacks aginst security facilities in North Sinai last August were arrested by security forces, according to a statement released by the North Sinai Security Directorate today.


Among the people detained was a Palestinian resident of Abou Ngela neighborhood in Arish, identified as Hamdy R. A.,35..


The Palestinian is charged with shooting at an armored vehicle and injuring a policeman at Arish Public Hospital, but further details have not  been provided.


The second suspect is Salim A. A., 24, who is charged with storming Beir Al-Abd police station, stealing firearms and setting its components afire.


Security forces arrested also Hossam S. M., 40, accused of setting fire to the headquarter of Arish’s emergency line.


North Sinai governorate has witnessed several attacks from armed militants since the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11, 2011.


The violence escalated even further after the toppling of Mohamed Morsi on Jul. 3.


The militants mainly targeted state intuitions, such as police offices, checkpoints, military intelligence headquarters, and, in the past, the pipeline providing Israel with Egyptian natural gas.


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