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Egypt policeman killed, 2 wounded in Sinai attacks

An Egyptian police officer looks on following a bomb blast in the vicinity of the Ittihadiya palace in the Egyptian capital Cairo June 30, 2014. (AFP Photo/Mohammad al-Shahed)

CAIRO: An Egyptian policeman was shot dead and two colleagues were wounded in attacks in the restive Sinai Peninsula Wednesday, security officials said, a day after a bomb killed 11 policemen.

Assailants in a car gunned down a police sergeant in the North Sinai town of Al-Arish, the officials said.

Two policemen were wounded later in a roadside bombing that targeted their armored vehicle near the town, officials added.

The attacks came a day after the deadliest ambush of policemen in months, when a roadside bomb that exploded near an armored police vehicle killed an officer and 10 conscripts.

Militants in Sinai have killed scores of policemen and soldiers in a string of attacks since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohammad Morsi in July 2013.

The attacks had decreased over the past months amid a massive military operation that killed dozens of suspected militants.

The main Sinai militant group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, had also conducted deadly bombings of police installations in the capital and the Nile Delta, and tried to assassinate the interior minister in a September 2013 suicide bombing.

The militants, who want to implement Islamic law, say their attacks are retaliation for the police killings of hundreds of pro-Morsi protesters in street clashes after his ouster.

 

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