Egypt army: Gunmen shoot, kill soldier in northern Sinai
Published Sunday 11/05/2014 (updated) 11/05/2014 16:52
EL-ARISH (Ma'an) -- Unidentified gunmen shot and killed an Egyptian soldier and injured another in the northern Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, army sources said.
Egyptian military sources told Ma'an that unidentified gunmen opened fire at a group of soldiers in al-Joura village near Sheikh Zuweid, killing one and critically injuring another.
The soldiers fired back and the gunmen fled the scene, the sources said.
The injured soldier was taken to a military hospital in el-Arish.
Egyptian armed forces launched large scale military action against militants in the Sinai Peninsula in September, in what officials have described as the largest mobilization of force in the area since the 1973 war with Israel.
The military action comes in the wake of rising instability and almost daily attacks in the region, following a July coup by the Egyptian military which unseated President Mohammad Morsi.
Since then, Muslim Brotherhood activists have held weekly demonstrations in protest against the coup, while the army has consolidated its grip on power and violently repressed protests against its rule, killing around 1,400 according to Amnesty International.
At the same time, Wahhabi militant groups have stepped up a violent campaign of attacks against the government, particularly in the Sinai Peninsula.