Police officer shot dead in Egypt's restive Sinai

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Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans during a demonstration in Dalga Village, in upper Egypt, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. Tens of thousands of protesters and Muslim Brotherhood supporters rallied Friday throughout Egypt against a military coup and a bloody security crackdown, though tanks and armored police vehicles barred them from converging in major squares. The sign in the foreground reads, "The Egyptian people said it strong - Morsi is my president and has legitimacy -- he is coming back soon."(AP Photo/Roger Anis, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Interior Ministry says gunmen have killed a police officer in the country's restive Sinai peninsula.

In a statement Saturday, the ministry said the riot police officer was shot in the chest Friday while on patrol in the city of El-Arish.

Attacks against security forces in the Sinai Peninsula have increased since a July 3 military coup ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Since then, his supporters have been organizing regular protests calling for his return.

On Saturday, the Health Ministry raised the toll in Friday's violence to eight killed and 221 injured — most of them in clashes between Morsi supporters and local residents. Those killed included two police officers shot dead in a drive-by shooting targeting their police station in Cairo.