Masked gunmen shoot dead Egyptian soldier near Ismailiya
Published Friday 04/10/2013 (updated) 06/10/2013 14:54
An Egyptian armed policeman arrests two people on the outskirts of
Cairo on September 19, 2013 (AFP/File Khaled Desouki)
CAIRO (AFP) -- Masked gunmen fired on a military vehicle near the Egyptian city of Ismailiya on Friday, killing one soldier and wounding an officer and another soldier, a security official said.
The attack took place on the desert road between Cairo and Ismailiya when assailants in a car without number plates opened fire on the military vehicle, said the official.
The army briefly closed the road after the attack, he added.
On Sept. 24 a policeman was killed and two others wounded in a similar attack on their vehicle near Ismailiya.
Hundreds of people have been killed and more than 2,000 arrested across Egypt in the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood since Aug. 14, when police forcibly dispersed two protest camps in Cairo's Rabia al-Adawiya Square. The protest camps had been set up in opposition to the July 3 coup by the Egyptian military, which overthrew democratically elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi following mass protests against his leadership.
In the months since, the Egyptian military has stepped up a campaign against militant groups operating out of the Sinai Peninsula, while armed groups loyal to Morsi have responded violently against the military crackdown. Other armed groups have taken advantage of the relatively lawless situation in the Sinai Peninsula to engage in smuggling and human trafficking.
The Suez Canal city and areas around it have seen regular attacks on police and military personnel, especially since the military toppled Islamist president.
More than 100 policemen have been killed across Egypt in attacks and clashes since Morsi's ouster.
Ma'an staff in Bethlehem contributed to this report.