Policemen killed in Egypt gun attack
(Aljazeera.com)-Five policemen have been killed in an armed attack on a security checkpoint south of Cairo, Egyptian state television has reported.
The Interior Ministry said in a statement that masked gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on the Beni Suef checkpoint early on Thursday, in an attack that also wounded two policemen. The assailants fled the scene.
The privately-owned Egyptian newspaper, Al-Watan, reported that the armed group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for the shooting.
At least 250 police and soldiers have been killed in attacks since the army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi deposed Mohamed Morsi in July.
Thursday’s incident took place two days before the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising that ended the three-decade presidency of Hosni Mubarak.