CAIRO: Two police officers were shot dead in an armed attack in the early hours of Sunday morning at a security checkpoint on the Suez highway near the city of Badr, Youm7 reported.
Captain Ashraf al-Gazaz died after sustaining injures from three gunshot wounds, head of Cairo Investigation Authority Mohamed Kassem told Youm7. Kassem said security forces assure they will do their best to arrest the criminals.
Police officers, backed by military forces securing the Suez road, were on watch when they came across a suspicious vehicle.
When they stopped the vehicle the men inside began firing at the police, resulting in the death of Gazaz and Central Security Forces officer Alaa Ahmed Farahat, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.
A military funeral will be held for Gazaz in his hometown Kafr el-Sheikh. Watan Human Rights organization, based in Kafr el-Sheikh, condemned the “terrorist attack” on Gazaz.
“The technique used by terrorist groups to frighten police and military men won’t go on for long, and will end as soon as a new president is elected,” Mosatafa al-Qusaif, head of the organization told Youm7.
A police officer was also killed in a Friday bomb explosion in Mohandiseen’s Lebanon Square.
Additional reporting by Ahmed Marei and Mohamed Suleiman.