Gunmen kill five Egyptian police south of Cairo

Gunmen kill five Egyptian police south of Cairo”

Five policemen were killed in a terrorist attack on a security checkpoint in Giza governorate on Friday, state news agency MENA reported an interior ministry source as saying.

Unidentified gunmen attacked the checkpoint in the town of El-Badrashein early in the morning, killing two low-ranking policemen and three conscripts.

However, militants have also struck elsewhere in the country, including the capital, often targeting police and army personnel.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Security forces cordoned off the targeted area and closed the entrances and exits of the nearby areas to search for the attackers, state-run Mena news agency reported.

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

Egyptian police last week said they killed 14 alleged IS members in a raid on a training camp, a day after the deadly attack on its soldiers.

An army spokesperson said that forty fighters were also killed in a subsequent gun battle with soldiers at the checkpoint.

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.

The Brotherhood says it eschews violence, but the group - once the largest Islamist grassroots organisation in the region - has splintered since Morsi's ouster with competing factions.

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