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5 Egyptian policemen killed in Sinai attacks

Sept. 30, 2013 11:16 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 2, 2013 1:24 P.M.)
El-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Gunmen killed five Egyptian policemen and injured six others on Monday in targeted attacks in the Sinai peninsula.

In el-Arish, gunmen opened fire from a car at a group of policemen on their way to work, killing three officers.

Mohamad Farouq al-Shahat, Qarni Kamal Qarni, and Mohammad Abu Shadayed were identified as those killed in the attack, and their bodies were transferred to a military hospital in el-Arish.

In the al-Abour neighborhood of el-Arish, gunmen opened fire at a police car, killing Issam Mohammad Ahmad, 28. The gunmen later returned to the scene of the attack and set fire to the car.

Gunmen also attacked an Egyptian army vehicle in the al-Masaid neighborhood of el-Arish, shooting and injuring Abdullah Mohammad Shaban, 45, in the chest and abdomen.

Another soldier wounded in the attack died from his injuries in hospital.

In Sheikh Zuweid, gunmen opened fire at a military checkpoint, injuring Ahmad Imael Mana, 32, Mahmoud Abdullah, 40, and Nasser Ramadan Mubarak, 21.

Another military vehicle was attacked near Sheikh Zuweid, injuring two soldiers, while gunmen opened fire at Egyptian troops near a power station in north Sinai, injuring a soldier and passersby.

Egyptian armed forces launched large scale military action against militants in Sinai earlier in September, in what officials described as the largest mobilization of force in the area since the 1973 war with Israel.

The army has killed around 100 Islamists in the area over the past two months, while militants have killed 58 policemen, 21 soldiers and 17 civilians there, according to an AFP tally.

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