Two Egyptian policemen killed in Sinai shooting

Two Egyptian policemen killed in Sinai shooting

Gunmen attacked policemen stationed in Rafah, while in Cairo a case involving former dictator Hosni Mubarak is adjourned.
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Rafah has been the scene of militant attacks in the past (Anadolu)
Two Egyptian policemen were killed in the Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, after their police camp was attacked by gunmen, authorities said.

The gunmen were in a car when they shot the policemen in Rafah, a town on the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

The Egyptian authorities have been battling an insurgency in Sinai led by the Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group, who recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group (IS, formerly ISIS) and changed their name to Sinai Province.

Militant attacks believed to have been carried out by the group in Sinai have killed dozens of soldiers and policemen, and in October one such attack killed 30 soldiers.

Mubarak trial adjourned

Meanwhile, the Court of Cassation in Cairo adjourned the trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak on Thursday, after a lawyer representing the families of the victims of the 2011 revolution that overthrew the former autocrat accused him of being the "most corrupt" ruler of Egypt.

The appeal against Mubarak's not guilty verdict in the case of the deaths of protesters during the 2011 revolution had been brought by the general prosecutor.

However, after lawyer Othman al-Hafnawi made his comments against Mubarak in court an argument broke out involving Mubarak's defence lawyer.

The judge requested that al-Hafnawi not talk about politics in court, before eventually deciding to adjourn the case to a later date.