Egypt military general shot dead near Cairo

CAIRO — A senior military official, who served in the northern Sinai, was shot dead on Saturday in front of his home on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt’s state-run Ahram newspaper reported.

Gunmen opened fire on Brigadier General Adel Rajaaie, a commander of armored division in the restive Sinai, early in the morning outside his building gate in the Obour City suburb, the report quoted the general’s wife as saying.

Rajaaie’s driver was also killed and one of his body guards was wounded, the report added.

His wife added that three terrorists were waiting in a vehicle near the house, and they showered her husband with bullets from automatic weapons.

No group immediately claimed the shooting.

Egypt is facing a growing wave of anti-security attacks centered mainly in North Sinai province since the army-led ouster of Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Hundreds of security personnel were killed in anti-government attacks in the past three years with a Sinai-based militant group loyal to the Islamic State regional group claiming responsibility for most of them. PNA/Xinhua-northboundasia.com