Egyptian policeman killed near border

Second policeman seriously wounded in apparent attack by comrade.

October 14, 2006 19:57
Egyptian policeman killed near border

Israel Egypt border 298. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])


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An Egyptian border policeman was killed and another was seriously wounded Saturday while on duty near the border with Israel. Security officials said the incident, which occurred near the Taba border crossing, appeared to be a crime carried out by a third soldier. Authorities were also investigating the possibilities that the policeman was killed by Israeli fire or by smugglers who roam the Sinai peninsula. The third soldier was being questioned on suspicion of being the shooter, the officials said without elaborating. Shootings are common in the Sinai, but violence among Egyptian soldiers is rare. Israel returned the peninsula to Egypt in 1982.

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