Surveillance cameras checked to identify shooters at Giza church
This photo shows a damaged vehicle after a bomb exploded nearby early Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, near a national security building in the Shubra el-Kheima neighborhood of Cairo. For blocks around the blast site in the popular residential neighborhood, glass from blown-out windows could be seen on the street. (AP Photo/Brian Rohan)

CAIRO: Surveillance cameras surrounding a Giza church that has witnessed a shooting Thursday will be retrieved to identify the perpetrators, Youm7 reported.

Unidentified assailants in a vehicle reportedly opened fire on guards outside a church located in Giza’s southern district of Faisal injuring a low-ranking policeman in his stomach.

The perpetrators fled the scene while the injured policeman was transferred to the hospital.

Checking surveillance cameras on attack scenes has been frequent during the past months amid the stepped-up militant attacks on public and security utilities in Cairo streets. A few of them were caught on cameras of nearby banks, police stations and museums, which reportedly helped authorities to arrest perpetrators.

In August, Cairo governorate issued a decision to oblige installing surveillance cameras at shops in the capital as a prerequisite for the issue or renewal of a commercial license.

During the same month, Egypt’s Religious Endowments Ministry started installing cameras inside and outside Cairo’s key mosques to monitor all activities of extremist groups

Militant attacks on police and army personnel as well as state institutions have been recurrent since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule.

Additional reporting by Bahgat Abu Daif

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