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Egyptian woman reportedly shot dead by Sinai Province group

Oct. 12, 2016 5:46 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 12, 2016 5:46 P.M.)
(File)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- The body of an Egyptian woman was found in the North Sinai Peninsula city of al-Arish on Wednesday. She was reportedly shot to death by gunmen affiliated with the Sinai Province group, for allegedly being an informant for Egyptian security services.

Egyptian security officials told Ma’an that 25-year-old Maysa Salameh was shot dead by gunmen reportedly affiliated with the Sinai Province, an armed group which changed its name from Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State in 2014.

The sources added that the gunmen kidnapped the woman and her husband Fathi Ayish Salameh. Maysa’s body was found on Wednesday morning on a side street and taken to a hospital in al-Arish. She was shot in the head several times.

The fate of her husband remained unclear.

While Egyptian military and police forces have been the target of ongoing attacks, which have increased since Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi overthrew Muhammad Morsi in 2013, civilians have also come under fire amid the violence.

Sisi has come under attack in the wake of his violent suppression of Morsi supporters and Muslim Brotherhood members following his rise to power, which he has argued is necessary to deter future attacks in the Sinai and across Egypt.

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