CAIRO — Militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked an Egyptian police checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula, killing an officer, authorities said today.
It was the latest in a string of deadly attacks in the lawless northern peninsula, along Egypt’s border with Israel, where militants and criminal networks have taken advantage of a security vacuum since the authoritarian Hosni Mubarak regime fell in early 2011. The attacks have escalated since the Egyptian military ousted the Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, in a coup last week.
The attacks in Sinai have targeted police and security installations as well as Christians and other suspected opponents of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood organization. Since Morsi was removed from power and placed under military arrest on July 3, at least nine security personnel have been shot and killed in the Sinai.