Egyptian police kill terrorist involved in anti-police attacks

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

Terror attacks in Egypt used to focus on police and military men in North Sinai before spreading nationwide and targeting the Coptic minority as well, with majority claimed by a Sinai-based group loyal to the regional Islamic State (IS) militant group.

The ministry said the suspected militant was killed in a shootout after security forces found his hideout in Alexandria, on the Mediterranean coast. One of the militants was wearing an explosive vest and attempted to raid the security checkpoint.

Earlier this week, 15 policemen were killed after a bomb struck a police convoy near the North Sinai capital of Arish, anonymous sources told Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

The interior ministry said the organisation, calling itself al-Taefa al-Mansura or Victorious Group, comprised 22 members based mainly in Cairo suburbs and was led by Ahmed Mohammad Ali Gabr, alias Abu Musab.

The Sinai Peninsula has been under a state of emergency since October 2014, after a deadly terrorist attack left 33 Egyptian soldiers dead.

Since then, hundreds of Egyptian security personnel have been killed in attacks across Sinai, especially in the peninsula's volatile northeastern quadrant, which shares borders with both Israel and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

Insurgents have carried out scores of suicide bombings and other attacks in Egypt since the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, whose one-year rule proved divisive.

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