Policeman Shot Dead by Suspected Extremists, Extremist Arrested
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ In the latest anti-government clashes, suspected Muslim extremists shot dead an army soldier and police killed an alleged radical.
Ramadan Rizk Abdel-Fattah was killed when gunmen fired at him and another conscript late Sunday in Mallawi, 160 miles south of Cairo, Egypt’s Middle East News Agency reported today. The second man was not hurt.
Mallawi is the latest focus of clashes between police and radicals seeking to topple the government and turn Egypt into an Islamic state. More than 480 people have died in the violence since 1992.
In neighboring Manfalout, 185 miles south of Cairo, police killed Suliman Zaki Suliman in a gun battle after they had laid seige to his house for 72 hours. Another eight suspected radicals hiding in the house were arrested Sunday night, security officials said today.
Police also arrested Mohamed Mahmoud Farghali Mohamed, who Saturday was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison for his role in the killing of two German tourists and two Egyptians in September.
Two men were sentenced to death and 14, including Mohamed, were given prison terms ranging from five to 15 years.
Under Egyptian law, Mohamed will be retried.