CAIRO: Five policemen were injured Monday morning when a group of unknown assailants opened fire at them in a checkpoint in Delta’s Beheira governorate, 236 km away from Cairo, Youm7 reported.
One of the policemen was shot in his mouth and was transported to Police Hospital in Alexandria, youm7 reported. The assailants were in a truck and opened fire on two police cars and a vehicle, according to a security official.
Coincidently, security forces were on alert in the governorate and policing public utilities in anticipation of possible terrorist attacks.
On Sept. 2, the security forces foiled a suicide car bomb operation in Arish, North Sinai; a truck was heading at a great speed towards a checkpoint, prompting the police to shoot at the driver.
Three conscripts were injured on Aug. 23 during a security crackdown in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Fayoum Sunday; the forces were reportedly shot by assailants who attacked the forces
Police and army personnel across Egypt have been a target of stepped-up attacks that have been mounted by militants since the 2013 ouster of the President Mohamed Morsi. Since then, more than 500 security personnel have been killed according to the Interior Ministry.