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One army officer dead in clash in Egypt's Sinai

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 29 Jul 2011 20:52 GMT
Author: Reuters
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ISMAILIA, Egypt, July 29 (Reuters) - An army officer and two civilians were shot dead in clashes between an armed gang and Egyptian army and police in the north Sinai town of el-Arish on Friday, security sources said.

About a hundred armed men rode through el-Arish on motorcycles and vehicles waving flags with Islamic slogans and firing in the air, terrifying the local population, Sinai security sources said.

The gang then attacked a police station, engaging in a shootout with Egyptian police and army that left one army officer dead. A 70-year-old man and a 13-year-old boy who were caught up in the shooting died from bullet wounds.

Another army officer and 11 security guards were wounded in the attack and taken to an army hospital for treatment, MENA state news agency.

The identity of the attackers was not known.

Witnesses said the attackers, many of whom wore masks, did not seem to be from the area as they lost their way several times before reaching the police station. (Reporting by Mohamed Yusri; Writing by Marwa Awad; Editing by Sophie Hares)

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