Army kills cab driver who tried to run Arish checkpoint

A taxi driver was killed and a passenger was injured late Sunday when army officers shot at the car after it ran a checkpoint in the city of Arish, North Sinai.

A security source told DPA news agency that prosecution services are investigating the incident.  

The security situation in Sinai has been tense because of the increased presence of extremist groups in the peninsula since a popular uprising ousted former President Hosni Mubarak on February 2011.

Sixteen army officers were killed in an attack by extremist groups on an army unit in August. The Armed Forces have been working to clear the peninsula of extremist hideouts since the assault, and there have been several more encounters between the Armed Forces and extremists as a result.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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