Al-Arish, Egypt (dpa) - One Egyptian man and a police officer were killed and 12 were injured when dozens of gunmen clashed with Egyptian police Friday in Al-Arish city in North Sinai and attacked the police station, state media said.
Around 150 people, reportedly identified as Islamists, carried signs which read "There is no God but God," surrounded the police station and destroyed a statue of former president Anwar Sadat, who was killed by Islamist militants in 1981, DPA reported.
Witnesses said that the attackers were not residents of the city.
The head of the city's security Saleh al-Masry said that the gunmen were unknown, and he could not identify whether they were Islamists.
The violence came hours after a massive demonstration in Cairo's Tahrir square that was dominated by Islamists, who held up placards demanding the implementation of Sharia, the Islamic law. Dpa nes pr Author: Nehal El-Sherif