Last updated: 25 July, 2013

Gunmen kill Egyptian soldier in Sinai

Gunmen killed two Egyptian soldiers in the restive Sinai on Wednesday, security officials said, as the military chief called for mass rallies to back a crackdown on “terrorism and violence”.

One soldier died of a bullet wound to the chest after gunmen fired at a checkpoint near the north Sinai town of EL-Arish, the officials said.

Another soldier was shot dead several hours later in an attack on a water truck belonging to the army in El-Arish.

Militants have conducted daily attacks on security forces in Sinai since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.

Army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday called for demonstrations in support of a crackdown on “terrorism and violence”, in comments quickly branded by a senior Islamist as a “threat”.