CAIRO: Two police officers were killed in a drive-by shooting outside two banks they were guarding in Sphinx Square in Agouza, Giza after three unidentified men on a motorbike opened fire on them and sped away, Youm7 reported Saturday.
The attack took place early Saturday, and one of the officers died at the scene, while the other died later of his wounds at a hospital.
Following the attack, a security cordon began in the vicinity of the shooting and security forces blocked Gameat Al-Dewal Al-Arabia Street in Mohandiseen while investigators collected evidence from the site.
A source from the Giza Security Directorate told Youm7 that surveillance cameras from both the HSBC and Qatar National banks were reviewed to identify the perpetrators of the attack.
Police and military forces are often subject to attacks in rural areas like North Sinai, especially by militant jihadi groups like Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, but such a brazen shooting inside Greater Cairo is rare. Improvised explosive devices, however, are often used to attack security targets in the city.
Saturday’s shootings come at a time of increased security inside Egypt’s major cities.
As most Christian Egyptians observe Christmas on Jan. 7, authorities were already on high alert, Interior Ministry spokesperson Hani Abdel Latif told ONTV Saturday. He added security forces will have an increased presence in major city streets and around Christian sites to prevent and thwart potential Islamist and criminal attacks. Also, vacations for all police forces in the period were cancelled, he said.
Additional reporting by Bahgat Abu Daif