Middle East

Interior ministry employee killed in Sinai: officials

Family members of security forces killed in Sinai on Thursday cry after receiving the bodies of their relatives for burial, outside Almaza military airport, Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

CAIRO: An Egyptian interior ministry employee was killed in North Sinai, security officials said Saturday, two days after jihadis aligned with ISIS killed 30 people in the peninsula.

The 50-year-old, who worked for the road traffic department, was shot in the head in his home in the regional capital of El-Arish on Friday night, the officials said.

The Sinai has witnessed a surge in attacks against security forces claimed by jihadi groups since the July 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohammad Morsi.

On Thursday, militants from Ansar Beit al-Maqdis -- which has pledged allegiance to ISIS in Iraq and Syria -- claimed a string of attacks, including a car bombing, that left at least 30 people dead.

Subsequent clashes between the army and militants killed two children on Friday.

 

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