Report: Egyptian police officer kidnapped in Sinai

By REUTERS
January 11, 2015 17:55

 
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CAIRO - Gunmen kidnapped an Egyptian police officer on Sunday in the Sinai Peninsula, home to Islamist militants seeking to topple the country's government, security sources and the state news agency said.

The policeman was traveling in a bus from the north Sinai city of Rafah to al-Arish when the gunmen stopped the vehicle and took him away.

"This seems like a terrorist operation, not a criminal one, but we are not sure if it is Ansar yet," a security official told Reuters.

Ansar is Egypt's most lethal militant group, which used to be called Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis before recently changing its name to Sinai Province.

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