Saturday, September 8, 2012

Gunmen attack police station near Egypt's border with Gaza

THE DAILY STAR :: News :: Middle East 
CAIRO: Gunmen fired at a police station in Egypt's North Sinai on Saturday, but there were no casualties, security officials told AFP.
The gunmen, riding in two vehicles, opened fire at the Sheikh Zuwayyid police station near Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip at dawn, the officials said.
"Police officials shot back and the exchange of fire continued until they (the gunmen) fled," they said, adding that "There were no injuries sustained during the exchange of fire."
The police station had not been operational for around 18 months after it was attacked during the uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.
The building was restored and functioning again on August 8, officials said.
The Egyptian military and police have bolstered their presence in the lawless peninsula to battle Islamist militants after gunmen killed 16 soldiers at a border outpost on August 5.
The military says it has killed 11 militants and arrested 23 since the start of the unprecedented campaign involving tanks and helicopters.