Egyptian police conscript killed by sniper in uneasy Sinai

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack

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A sniper killed an Egyptian police conscript on the grounds of a police station Saturday in the restive northern Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, security officials said.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to reporters, said the conscript was standing guard in a surveillance tower at the Sheikh Zuweid police station when he was shot.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The military is facing a growing insurgency in North Sinai. The area's Islamic State affiliate has claimed responsibility for numerous deadly attacks.

On July 1, the military reported that a multi-checkpoint assault killed at least 17 soldiers in north Sinai. Officials from multiple branches of Egypt's security forces previously told The Associated Press that the attack killed dozens more.

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