Africa Policeman wounded in militant attack in Egypt’s Suez

Policeman wounded in militant attack in Egypt’s Suez

Ousted President Mohamed Morsi
Ousted President Mohamed Morsi

(AA) – A policeman sustained gunshot wounds when unknown assailants opened fire on a police patrol in Egypt’s eastern city of Suez, a security source said on Monday.

“A shootout ensued between security forces and unknown assailants when the latter opened fire on a police patrol in Suez’s Salam 1 district, leaving one policeman wounded,” a security source, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.

“A police patrol was driving through [Suez’s] Salam 1 district when unknown gunmen fired at the patrol leading to a shootout, in which police forces acted with caution due to presence of civilians in a café of close proximity to the site of the shootout,” the source said.

He went on to note that a policeman sustained a gunshot wound to the arm and is currently receiving treatment at Suez’s Armed Forces hospital.

Responsibly for the attack was not claimed by any group and Egyptian authorities have yet to officially comment on the sources assertions.

Suez city is a major entry point to Egypt’s eastern Sinai Peninsula, where Egypt has cracked down on militants for more than one year. The campaign comes amid a spike in militant attacks on security personnel since the 2013 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi by the army.

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