An Egyptian police captain and a suspected Islamist militant were killed in a firefight during a raid, local media reported Tuesday.

Captain Ahmed Wahid was killed in an exchange of fire when security forces raided an apartment in the city of Ismailiya, on the Suez Canal, state-run Al-Ahram reported online.

Egypt has been pursuing an intensified campaign against Islamist extremists, mostly based in the Sinai Peninsula east of the canal, since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsy in July.

Attacks by the extremists on security forces have peaked since Morsy’s overthrow and have spread from Sinai to Ismailiya, and neighbouring Sharqiya province.

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