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IS-affiliate claims responsibility for killing top cop in Egypt

A top Egyptian police officer has been shot dead by Islamic State militants in north Sinai, in the latest attack carried out by the jihadist group in Egypt.

world Updated: Sep 17, 2015 20:25 IST
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A top Egyptian police officer has been shot dead by Islamic State militants in north Sinai, in the latest attack carried out by the jihadist group in Egypt.

Major General Khaled Kamal Othman was killed on Wednesday after militants opened fire at him during an inspection in Al-Arish city, the interior ministry said.

Egypt's branch of the Islamic State group Sinai Province has claimed the responsibility of the attack on Twitter.

Egyptian police have cordoned off the area and are currently searching for the attackers, the statement said.

Egypt's North Sinai has witnessed many violent attacks by militants since the January, 2011 revolution that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.

The attacks targeting police and military increased after the ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule.

Over 600 security personnel have been reportedly killed so far.

The military has launched security campaigns in the area, arrested suspects and demolished houses that belong to terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza strip.

Sinai Province is the most active militant group in Egypt. It has been linked to a number of deadly attacks not only in North Sinai but also in the Capital Cairo, besides other provinces.

The Islamist group has been active on the Sinai Peninsula since 2011 and was initially known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.

It changed its name after it pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in November 2014.