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Egyptian soldier killed in Port Said

Oct. 8, 2013 3:14 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 9, 2013 3:20 P.M.)
El-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Masked gunmen shot dead an Egyptian soldier in the Egyptian city of Port Said on Tuesday, Egyptian military officials said.

Two masked gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire at Egyptian soldiers stationed in Bur Said, killing Muhammad Shaban and injuring Muhammad Eid al-Shahat.

The gunmen fled the scene.

Meanwhile, Egyptian forces raided the Sinai city of Sheikh Zuweid in an ongoing crackdown against militants.

In el-Arish, Egyptian forces detained 57 people and seized over 260 mobile devices hidden in a private vehicle.

On Monday, at least eight people were killed in attacks across Egypt.

In Sinai, three police officers were killed and at least 53 injured in a car bomb targeting Egyptian security headquarters, while in Ismailia, gunmen opened fire at soldiers at a checkpoint, killing five.

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

At least 2,000 have been killed and more than 3,000 detained across Egypt in the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood since Aug. 14, when police forcibly dispersed two protest camps in Cairo's Rabia al-Adawiya Square. The protest camps had been set up in opposition to the July 3 coup by the Egyptian military, which overthrew democratically elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi following mass protests against his leadership.

In the months since, the Egyptian military has stepped up a campaign against militant groups operating out of the Sinai Peninsula, while armed groups loyal to Morsi have responded violently against the military crackdown. Other armed groups have taken advantage of the relatively lawless situation in the Sinai Peninsula to engage in smuggling and human trafficking.

Armed groups have killed more than 100 members of Egyptian security forces since early July, according to an army spokesman quoted on Sept. 15.
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