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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 September 2018

Five Egyptian security officers killed in attack on Giza checkpoint

Egyptian policemen inspect the scene of an attack which left five of their colleagues killed in a shooting near Badrashin, a town about 30 kilometres from Cairo, on July 14, 2017. Ahmed Abd El Gawad / AFP
Egyptian policemen inspect the scene of an attack which left five of their colleagues killed in a shooting near Badrashin, a town about 30 kilometres from Cairo, on July 14, 2017. Ahmed Abd El Gawad / AFP

CAIRO // Five members of Egypt's security forces were killed when gunmen attacked a checkpoint in the Greater Cairo area on Friday.

The interior ministry said three gunmen on a motorcycle attacked police in the Badrashin area of Giza province, 30 kilometres south of Cairo, killing two officers and three conscripts.

"A police officer who was near the site of the attack exchanged fire with the assailants, forcing them to flee," the ministry said.

Witnesses said attackers blasted the vehicle with automatic rifles then took equipment and threw petrol bombs inside the car before fleeing. Residents extinguished the fire.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Insurgents have carried out a number of attacks in Egypt since June 2013, when the military removed the then president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood following mass protests against his rule. The violence has been concentrated in the northern Sinai Peninsula, but there have also been several attacks on the mainland, including in the capital.

The shadowy group Hasam, believed to be affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, has claimed responsibility for similar attacks, including the killing of a security officer outside his home in Qalubiya province, just north of Cairo, on July 7.

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