CAIRO: A low-ranking police officer was shot dead Tuesday morning by unidentified assailants on a motorbike in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Beni Suef, security source told Youm7.
Diab Abdel Latif was killed on his way home from work, the source said, adding that a civilian was injured at his shoulder.
The perpetrators fled the scene while the injured civilian was transferred to the hospital.
Security forces have reinforced their presence in the area searching for the assailants, according to the source, a police report was filed and prosecution has started investigations into the incident.
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.