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Egypt security official: Sniper kills soldier in restive northern Sinai Peninsula

  • Egyptians gather at the scene following a bombing that struck a main police station in the capital of the northern Sinai province in el-Arish, Egypt, Sunday, April 12, 2015. The explosion comes hours after a roadside bomb killed many soldiers traveling south of el-Arish in an armored vehicle. The region has been hit by an Islamic insurgency by a group that recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Muhamed Sabry)

    Egyptians gather at the scene following a bombing that struck a main police station in the capital of the northern Sinai province in el-Arish, Egypt, Sunday, April 12, 2015. The explosion comes hours after a roadside bomb killed many soldiers traveling south of el-Arish in an armored vehicle. The region has been hit by an Islamic insurgency by a group that recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Muhamed Sabry)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Sunday, April 12, 2015 photo, Egyptians gather at the scene following a bombing that struck a main police station in the capital of the northern Sinai province in el-Arish, Egypt. The explosion came hours after a roadside bomb killed many soldiers traveling south of el-Arish in an armored vehicle. The region has been hit by an Islamic insurgency by a group that recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Muhamed Sabry)

    In this Sunday, April 12, 2015 photo, Egyptians gather at the scene following a bombing that struck a main police station in the capital of the northern Sinai province in el-Arish, Egypt. The explosion came hours after a roadside bomb killed many soldiers traveling south of el-Arish in an armored vehicle. The region has been hit by an Islamic insurgency by a group that recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Muhamed Sabry)  (The Associated Press)

An Egyptian security official says a sniper using a silenced weapon has killed a soldier in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.

He says the attack took place Monday near the village of Abu Shinnar, near the city of Rafah. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to brief journalists.

On Sunday, at least 14 people, mostly policemen, were killed in separate attacks when militants struck a police station in North Sinai's provincial capital and hit a passing armored vehicle with a roadside bomb.

Northern Sinai has witnessed a series of complex attacks targeting Egyptian security forces, many of which have been claimed by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group. Twitter accounts affiliated with the group claimed responsibility for Sunday's attacks.