Five policemen killed in armed attack in Matrouh
Egyptian security forces - AP/Khalil Hamra
By SARA OSAMA SHOUREAP

CAIRO: Four policemen and an officer were killed Tuesday in an armed attack on a police vehicle at Marina El Alamein in Marsa Matrouh governorate, several media outlets reported.

A group of armed persons targeted a police vehicle on the Alexandria-Matrouh road, killing all five people in the car and setting the vehicle on fire, a security source told Al-Masry Al-Youm Tuesday. Eyewitnesses said the police vehicle was on fire for more than half an hour before ambulance and police vehicles arrive, Youm7 reported.

The source said three vehicles fired gunshots at a police vehicle from al-Dabaa Police Station and set the car on fire before heading to a checkpoint at Gate 6 of the Marina compound and firing more shots.

The armed attackers ambushed the checkpoint at Gate 6 and started shooting at police and army forces, the Interior Ministry said on its Facebook page.

Army and police forces at the checkpoint returned fire and killed four of the attackers, the source added.

Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim told Al-Masry Al-Youm Tuesday that such acts will not stop police and army forces from combating terrorism and criminal hotbeds.

A security sources told Youm7 that the attackers live in Arish in the Sinai, and that the security forces are collecting evidence and investigating the incident.

Other media outlets reported that the fire that started in the vehicle was due to a collision with a cement barrier after the attackers shot the policemen, who lost control of the vehicle and collided with the barrier, setting the vehicle on fire.

After the incidents, the road between Marina Gate 4 to Gate 7 was closed and a “number of troops were deployed,” according to Wasalny, a Twitter account responsible for reporting traffic problems.

In a Tuesday statement, the Ministry of Interior stated that security authorities have held a security cordon in the area.

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