Gunshot injures woman in North Sinai - MENA

Friday 19-12-2014 12:32 PM
Gunshot injures woman in North Sinai - MENA

Smoke rises after a house is blown up during a military operation by Egyptian security forces in the Egyptian city of Rafah, near the border with the southern Gaza Strip November 3, 2014. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem


CAIRO, Dec 19 (Aswat Masriya) - A 30-year-old woman suffered gunshot wounds on Friday in North Sinai's Sheikh Zuwied by unidentified assailants, state-run MENA reported.

She was shot while walking in Sheikh Zuweid, MENA quoted a security source as saying.

Meanwhile, an "extremist" was killed earlier on Friday in a security campaign in different parts of North Sinai's town of Arish, and 10 others were arrested in the towns of Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid, a security source told MENA.

Security forces destroyed four "terrorist hotbeds" as well and three motorbikes used in terrorist operations.

The forces also dismantled an improvised explosive device (IED) and detonated a second in Sheikh Zuweid. No deaths or casualities were reported.

Militants have stepped up attacks targeting security forces in Egypt, particularly in the Sinai Peninsula, since the army's ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013, which followed mass protests against his rule.

At least 30 military personnel were killed in a suicide blast which targeted a security checkpoint in Sinai's Sheikh Zuweid on October 24, in the worst militant attack since Mursi's ouster.

Egypt's most dangerous militant group, the Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for the attack in a video released on November 14, shortly after pledging allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency and a nighttime curfew in parts of the Sinai Peninsula in response to the attack.

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