Shadi al-Menei, an Islamist militant leader in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, was shot dead on Friday by unknown assailants, security sources said, a few days before Egyptians vote for a new president.

Egypt launched a wide-ranging campaign against militants in the Sinai after they stepped up attacks on police and army targets following the overthrow of elected President Mohamed Mursi, an Islamist, by the military last July.

The security sources said al-Menei and five others were killed in a firefight while walking in Maghara in central Sinai. […]