Egyptian policeman shot dead in Cairo clashes
Egyptian Security forces in a police vehicle - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A police officer was killed Monday in Cairo’s southern district during a shootout with alleged supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, the Interior Ministry said on its Facebook page.

The policeman was shot dead during a Homeland Security forces operation that targeted five wanted MB members allegedly “involved in violence, sabotage and attacks on police personnel,” the statement said.

According to the statement, the five MB members were arrested, and two were wounded during the shootout.

Additionally, Homeland Security forces arrested Sunday an alleged member of the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the city of Minya Al-Qamh in Egypt’s Sharqia governorate in the Nile Delta on charges of forming a terrorist cell aimed at spreading chaos throughout the country, Youm7 reported.

Hundreds of police personnel have been killed in militant attacks since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. Dozens of military and police personnel, as well as civilians have been killed in militant attacks launched by Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis and other extremist groups.

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