Cairo, Aug 3 IANS | 3 months ago

A rocket attack targeting a security patrol killed a six-year-old boy in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, an official said.


The rocket, which targetted a security patrol passing near the boy's house, hit the house in northern Sinai city of Sheikh Zuweid, the official told Xinhua.

Four people from the same family were injured, the official added.

The attack was likely a revenge for more than 50 militants killed last week by the armed forces in response to the killing of two police and military officers by gunmen.

Separately, four militants were killed and 14 were arrested in a security raid in North Sinai.

During the raid, 21 motorbikes and six vans used by the militants to attack the security forces were destroyed, the military statement added.

Militant attacks have mounted since the overthrow of then president Mohamed Morsi of Muslim Brotherhood and the harsh crackdown over his supporters from July 2013.

At least 1,000 have been killed in clashes and thousands arrested, mostly Islamist protestors.

Sinai-based Al Qaeda linked Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group claimed responsibility for most of attacks against the security personnel.

(Posted on 03-08-2014)

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