CAIRO, Qahirah, Aug 07, 2013 (AFP)
Gunmen in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula gunned down a politician known for his support of the military on Wednesday, security official and medics said.
The Bedouin politician’s influential tribe immediately blamed Islamist militants who have conducted daily attacks on security forces since the military overthrew Egypt’s Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.
Abdel Hamid Selmi, a former MP, was gunned down on emerging from a mosque following dawn prayers, the officials said.
Militants have targeted police and soldiers in the sparsely populated north of the peninsula in drive-by shootings and rocket attacks, but Selmi was the first politician gunned down since Morsi’s ouster.
Hundreds of his tribesmen turned out to protest in the northern town of El-Arish after his assassination, tearing down a podium used by supporters of Morsi, witnesses said.
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