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Sinai Shooting: At least four police officers killed, 21 wounded in attack on National Security headquarters

Sinai Shooting: At least four police officers killed, 21 wounded in attack on National Security headquarters

A shooting at a police facility in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has resulted in the death of at least four officers, according to officials.
The shooting occurred on Sunday at the National Security headquarters in el-Arish, the capital city of North Sinai province.

At least 21 other forces were also wounded in the attack.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, confirmed that some of the wounded suffered from gunshots while others had breathing difficulties caused by tear gas that was fired inside the facility.

There were eight officers among the wounded, a list of casualties obtained by The Associated Press showed.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting were not immediately clear, and there was no immediate comment from the Interior Ministry, which oversees police forces.

North Sinai is a region where a years-long battle against an insurgency led by Islamist militants is ongoing.

The militants have mainly targeted security forces and Christians.

The military launched a massive operation in Sinai and other parts of the country in February 2018 to combat the militants, and the pace of attacks has slowed down since then.

However, the shooting at the police facility is a reminder of the ongoing security challenges in the region.
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