CAIRO Egyptian protection forces have tracked down and killed a gunman suspected of involvement in an assault near St Catherine’s Monastery in southern Sinai that left 1 law enforcement officer useless and three wounded, the Inside Ministry claimed on Wednesday.
Islamic Condition claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s assault on a law enforcement checkpoint about 800 meters (yards) from the monastery, 1 of the world’s most vital Christian sites.
Stability forces and nearby Bedouins adopted the attackers’ escape route and killed the suspect in a shoot-out. Law enforcement uncovered an automated weapon and ammunition, the ministry claimed.
Tuesday’s assault arrived 10 times right before Pope Francis is scheduled to take a look at Egypt and just around a week immediately after two lethal suicide bombings on Christian church buildings, also claimed by Islamic Condition, killed 45 folks.
St. Catherine’s, established in the sixth century and found at the foot of Mount Sinai, is 1 of the oldest Christian monasteries in the globe and a UNESCO globe heritage web page. It is component of the Jap Orthodox church.
Egypt’s Christian minority, which would make up about 10 p.c of the country’s 92 million folks, has progressively been qualified by Islamist militants, with three lethal church assaults in the span of four months.
Egypt has for decades been battling an Islamist insurgency in northern Sinai, which attained pace immediately after the armed service overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 adhering to mass protests towards his rule.
(Reporting by Ali Abdelaty and Arwa Gaballa Writing by Giles Elgood Editing by Alison Williams)