Egypt border cops kill migrant

2010-09-03 19:17

El-Arish - An Egyptian security official says border guards fatally shot an African migrant and arrested two others trying to cross into Israel.

The official says the guards fired warning shots on Friday before shooting the migrant dead along Egypt's border with Israel in the Sinai Peninsula. Two Sudanese migrants were arrested while dozens of others fled.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, says the migrants paid Bedouin traffickers $1 000 each to help them enter Israel.

Many migrants seeking political asylum and jobs try to cross into Israel with the help of Bedouin traffickers.

Egypt has killed dozens of migrants in the past two years, drawing criticism from rights groups.