CAIRO: A police conscript was killed and two others were injured after an attack at their checkpoint near the Giza Security Directorate, Youm7 reported a security source Tuesday.
Unknown armed men opened fire at a security checkpoint on Cairo-Asyut Road, killing policeman Ahmed el-Sayed and injuring two others, whose bodies were taken to the hospital.
A police hunt was launched to comb the area to arrest the perpetrators.
Hundreds of security personnel were killed in a series of attacks that targeted police facilities since the 2013 ouster of the President Mohamed Morsi. Security Authorities have arrested several “terrorist cells” accused of links to the attacks on police.
Around 138 policemen were killed during 2015 due to terrorist attacks, according to the Interior Ministry.
Nine suspected militants were charged earlier this month with killing a policeman and his friend when they attacked a police station in Giza’s al-Warraq district in May 2015.
On Feb.1, a security guard was shot dead after masked gunmen on motorcycle opened fire at a checkpoint above Cairo Ring Road. An injured guard in critical condition was taken to Haram Hospital.
Similar incidents of assailants on motorbikes shooting at police personnel guarding state utilities frequently took place as part of the attacks mounted against the police apparatus and the army.
On Jan.5, unidentified gunmen on motorbike killed a low-ranking police officer in Upper Egypt’s Beni Suef governorate; the officer was reportedly on his way home from work, and the attack injured a passerby in his shoulder.
Additional reporting Mahmoud Abdel Rady and Bahgat Abu Daif