(AA) – An Egyptian soldier was shot dead Thursday in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, a security source has said.
“Unidentified people opened fire on two soldiers [in Arish city in North Sinai], killing one and injuring another,” the source, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.
Egyptian security forces have launched a manhunt for the attackers, who had fled the scene unscathed, the source said.
The attack came one week after scores of people were killed and injured in a spate of militant attacks on security facilities and personnel in North Sinai.
The attacks were claimed by the “Welayat Sinai” militant group, formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.
Active in northern Sinai, the group acquired its current name after reportedly swearing allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militant movement.
Egyptian security forces have been waging a campaign against militants in Sinai – which shares borders with both Israel and the Gaza Strip – amid a rise in attacks on army and police personnel since the ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi in mid-2013.