Tribal Leader Killed by Gunmen in Egypt’s Sinai, Ahram Gate Says

Aug. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Unidentified gunmen opened fire on the head of one of north Sinai’s largest Bedouin tribes, killing him and his son, authorities told Ahram Gate as the military pushed ahead with an offensive in the peninsula.

The sheik was killed as he returned from a meeting with other tribal leaders backing the military effort to retake control of the area after 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed in an attack by militants on Aug. 5, the state-run website reported today, citing security officials in the area.

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