EL-ARISH — A senior Egyptian police officer was shot and seriously wounded Tuesday in the second recent attack of its kind on security forces in the country’s turbulent northern Sinai region.
Security officials said Inspector General Selim Said el-Gamal was riding in a police car with other officers in the provincial capital of el-Arish when attackers in a white truck opened fire at their vehicle.
Officials said that Mr. el-Gamal stumbled out of the car after he was shot, and that the driver and other officers ran for cover by fleeing the vehicle. Some of the assailants, who had fired from the bed of their truck, stole the police vehicle.
Later Tuesday, gunmen ambushed an army truck in the town of Sheikh Zuweyid just outside el-Arish, stealing the vehicle that had been transporting fuel to nearby bases and checkpoints, officials said.
Dr. Tareq Khater, a medical official in northern Sinai, said Mr. el-Gamal was shot in the neck and is in critical condition. He was airlifted from el-Arish to Cairo for treatment.
Tuesday’s attack comes just three days after gunmen killed three policemen in the same area. Officials said the militants raised the black flag associated with Islamic militants before speeding off.
King calls on subjects to help in police probe
DUBAI — King Hamad on Tuesday called on his subjects to cooperate with the authorities to arrest terrorists who carried out a series of bombings that killed two Asian expatriates, state news agency BNA reported.
He ordered “the swift arrest of the terrorists who carried out the recent terrorist acts in Bahrain” and urged citizens to help “bring them to justice so they receive their punishment over this appalling act,” BNA said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa added, “The terrorists and vandals plotting against Bahrain will receive their punishment and the inciters will be held responsible for what happened.”
“The government will not allow a stray group to destroy the nation, threaten and terrorize safe citizens,” said Mr. Khalifa, who hailed “security forces who are doing their duties to the best of their ability and who have our full support.”
Five explosions in the capital on Monday killed two Asian expatriates and wounded a third, police said.