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Bomb blast kills senior police officer in Egypt's Sinai

Created: 05/27/2015 10:54 AM
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EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's Interior Ministry says a roadside bomb has killed a senior police officer in the northwestern region of the Sinai Peninsula, home of the country's Islamic State affiliate.

In a statement Wednesday, the ministry says Brig. Gen. Ahmed Ibrahim, who was deputy head of criminal investigations in Egypt's North Sinai province, was killed on his way back from a joint police and army raid in el-Arish, the provincial capital.

The ministry added that a second officer was wounded, without elaborating.

The long-restive northwestern region of Sinai has seen a spike in attacks targeting security forces since the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. A local Islamic militant group has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State group's leader, turning it into an affiliate of the group.

(Copyright 2015 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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