Egyptian police officer killed in Ismailia

Egyptian police officer killed in Ismailia
# 22 November 2013 02:49 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. An Egyptian police officer died of his injury on Thursday after he was shot by two unidentified attackers in Ismailia governorate, east of Cairo, APA reports quoting official news agency MENA.

The two attackers on a motorcycle exchanged fire with police forces at a checkpoint in Ismailia; First Lieutenant Ahmed Radwan Abdel Gawad was shot in the chest and died after being sent to hospital, MENA quoted a security source as saying.

According to state-run Ahram online website, one of the attackers was arrested and is under interrogation. A military plane has carried the body of the officer to his village in Upper Egypt for burial.

Earlier on Thursday, another police officer was killed while he was on a mission to arrest Islamist militants in Qaloubiya governorate north of Cairo.

Ahmed Samir, a Special Forces captain, was killed in an exchange of fire with elements suspected of murdering National Security Apparatus officer Mohamed Mabrouk on Sunday.

The murder of the two policemen came one day after a car bomb went off near an army convoy in North Sinai, killing 11 and injuring 37 others.

The Egyptian interim government said Thursday that it will provide all necessary support for the army and police to end terrorism and confront assassinations.

Security conditions deteriorated in Sinai Peninsula after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi by the army in July, as the hardline militants took the peninsula as a stronghold to stage attacks against army and police premises. Dozens of security personnel and militants were killed since the army launched an anti-terrorism campaign in Sinai.