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Militants gun down Egypt army leader in Cairo

Cairo: Unknown militants on Saturday killed a senior Egyptian army officer near his home in Cairo suburb, the two security officials claimed.

The victim was Brig-Gen Adel Ragai, commander of army’s 9th armored division based in military base of Dahsour in west of Cairo, the officials told the media on the condition of anonymity.

Separately, no militant group claimed the responsibility for the killing, but the attack pointed fingers towards several groups fighting in Sinai Peninsula.

It is pertinent to mention here that the reason for killing of Ragai was not clear but the militants have in the past killed many officers and police officers.

But a shadow group of banned Brotherhood has claimed responsibilities in recent weeks for a series of attacks in Cairo.

Saturday’s shooting came amid a spike in violence in northern part of Sinai, including airstrikes and raids targeting suspected militants’ hideouts.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in a recent statement he believed that Sinai war would continue for a long time and that both sides in the conflict were getting better at fighting each other.

The Egyptian security forces have fought militants in Sinai for years, but the insurgency grew deadlier after el-Sissi led the military’s 2013 ouster of an elected but divisive president Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.