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Palestinian officer shot dead by Egyptian soldiers in Sinai

Nov. 28, 2014 5:44 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 1, 2014 2:48 P.M.)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian police officer was shot and killed by Egyptian soldiers on Friday after he unwittingly drove his car into a military ambush, Palestinian police in the Sinai told Ma'an.

Imad Fayyad Abdallah, 38, was shot dead near the town of Sheikh Zuweid in the northern Sinai Peninsula.

He had driven his car into an area when Egyptian soldiers had set up an ambush targeting militant groups active in the area, and he failed to stop after warning shots were fired in the air, Palestinian police told Ma'an.

When he attempted to turn his car around to avoid the ambush, meanwhile, Egyptian soldiers opened fire, striking him in the head.

Egyptian sources denied that the officer had been killed by members of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, a Wahhabi militia active in the area that is the main target of Egyptian military operations in the Sinai.

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