AL-ARISH, Egypt: Unknown assailants killed an Egyptian police officer in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula Friday, as hundreds took to the streets in scattered protests against the military’s ousting of the former Islamist president.
Militants have stepped up attacks against security forces in Sinai since Morsi’s overthrow in July following mass protests calling for his departure.
According to an Egyptian security official, the young officer killed Friday in the city of Al-Arish was driving back home when two attackers opened fire on him and fled. He was found with twenty bullets in his head and his chest, the official said.
In a separate incident also in Sinai, militants struck two armored military vehicles with a roadside bomb, according to the official.
One soldier was injured in the explosion and was transferred to a local military hospital, the official said. He was speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to the media.
Attacks against Egyptian security forces have taken place mostly in northern Sinai, prompting the army to wage a war there against local militants. Some attacks also occurredin Cairo, however, and suspected Morsi supporters have attacked police stations, government buildings and churches in a string of provincial towns and cities.
Two policemen and two civilians were wounded Friday when attackers riding a motorbike hurled a grenade at a police checkpoint in Qalioubiya province, north of Cairo, Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported.
Meanwhile, Morsi supporters held scattered protests across the country denouncing the coup that ousted him. Hundreds marched in the middle-class suburb of Helwan, south of Cairo, holding up yellow posters with the outline of a hand showing four fingers.