Police officer, conscript killed in Cairo by unidentified gunmen
Egyptian security forces - YOUM7(Archive)

CAIRO: A police officer and a conscript were fatally shot Tuesday by unidentified gunmen in Cairo’s district of Ain Shams, Youm7 reported.

“Two unidentified gunmen opened fire on the car of Colonel Wael Tahoon while he was on his way to work. Tahoon and a conscript who was driving the car died after the shooting,” Interior Ministry spokesperson Hany Abdel Latif was quoted by Youm7.

So far, there is no claim of responsibility for the attack which occurred hours after the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi to 20 years in jail on charges of killing protesters outside the Ittihadiya Presidential Palace.

Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.

The Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) militant group has claimed responsibility for several attacks on security forces mainly in Sinai. The group pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS) group before it changed its name to Wilayat Sinai (Sinai Province) in 2014.

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