Egypt police general gunned down in street

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An Egyptian police general was gunned down late on Saturday by unknown assailants on the street in the Sinai Peninsula stronghold of the Islamic state group.

General Ahmed Abdel Satar was the second senior police officer to be killed in three days in the North Sinai provincial capital El-Arish.

On Wednesday evening, assailants killed another general as he inspected a police unit.

General Khaled Kamal Osman was killed in a drive-by shooting that the jihadists’ Egyptian affiliate ISIS Sinai province claimed responsibility for.

The security forces have struggled to suppress an insurgency in the peninsula since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

The jihadists say that their campaign is in response to a crackdown by the authorities since Morsi’s ouster that has lef at least 1,400 people dead and thousands jailed.

The military launched a major operation earlier this month to root out militants in the Sinai and is reported to have killed more than 200.