(AFP) A senior Egyptian army officer was shot dead outside his home in a Cairo suburb on Saturday, an army official and a relative told AFP.

Takfiris have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers, mostly in the Sinai Peninsula, but such attacks on senior officers are rare.

Brigadier General Adel Ragaei, who commanded an armored division deployed in Sinai, died in a hail of bullets as he left his home in the Obour City suburb, sister-in-law Huda Zein Elabedine told AFP.

“At 6 am they killed him. I can’t tell you if it was six or twelve bullets. It was before he could get into his car,” she said.

A military official told AFP that the officer has been “martyred.”

He did not provide further details, and no group immediately claimed the shooting.

Takfiris loyal to the ISIL group are waging a fierce insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

They have also claimed attacks in or near Cairo, including the abduction and murder of a Croatian oil worker and the bombing of the Italian consulate in 2015.

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