Motorcycle gunmen kill five Egyptian police

Last updated 19:38 23/01/2014

Relevant offers

Africa

'We just survive': even a child's birth casts a shadow in South Sudan's camps Girl, 7, killed after elephant throws rock in Morocco Huge blasts rock Somalia's Mogadishu International Airport South African prosecutors to appeal Pistorius six-year murder sentence Gates Foundation investing US$5billion in Africa Liberia's lab chimps have hope, one year on from New York Blood Center abandonment The stories of six of South Sudan's five year olds Zimbabwe moves closer to edge as Mugabe says pay delay is no reason for strike South Sudan rivals order ceasefire as country teeters on the brink of civil war South African twins accused of plot to blow up US Embassy

Masked gunmen riding motorcycles killed five Egyptian policemen in an attack on a checkpoint south of Cairo on Thursday, the Interior Ministry said.

The attack in the province of Beni Suef, 100 km south of Cairo, was carried out by men riding two motorcycles, a ministry statement said.

"They opened fire heavily on the forces at the checkpoint," the statement said. Two policemen were wounded.

Bombings and shootings targeting security forces have become commonplace since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was deposed by the army last July after mass protests against his rule.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The state has declared itself in a war on terror, and declared Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group on December 25.

The Brotherhood has said it remains committed to peaceful activism.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content