4 gunmen killed 'placing roadside bomb' in North Sinai
Published Sunday 26/01/2014 (updated) 27/01/2014 13:45
EL-ARISH (Ma'an) -- Four gunmen were killed by a roadside bomb between Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah in North Sinai on Sunday morning, Egyptian security sources said.
The sources told Ma'an that an improvised explosive device went off while four gunmen were trying to place it near a military checkpoint on the roadside at the entrance to Sheikh Zuweid.
The four were killed immediately before Egyptian troops arrived to scan the area for the presence of other gunmen.
Separately, an armored police vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade while traveling in Sheikh Zuweid.
Egyptian police sources said the shell landed near the vehicle injuring a police officer by shrapnel.
The police officer was identified as Omar Adel, and he was evacuated to a military hospital in the nearby city of El-Arish.
The attacks come a day after clashes across Egypt killed 29 people on the third anniversary of the 2011 revolution.
More than 1,000 protesters were also arrested, as government forces continued a crackdown on protests that has killed more than 1,000 since the military's ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in July.
Since then, Muslim Brotherhood activists have held weekly demonstrations in protest, while the army has consolidated its grip on power and violently repressed protests against its rule.
At the same time, Wahhabi militant groups have stepped up a violent campaign of attacks against the government, particularly in the Sinai Peninsula.