Low-ranking police officer killed in drive-by shooting south of Cairo
A policeman in a checkpoint (Archived) - YOUM7/Ahmed Ismail

 CAIRO: A low-ranking police officer was shot dead Friday evening by unknown assailants in a railway crossing south of Giza, Youm7 reported.

The three assailants were on a motorbike and opened fire at a checkpoint installed nearby Giza’s al Marazeek railway crossing, security source at the Interior Ministry was quoted by Youm7.

Security forces have reinforced their presence in the area in search for the perpetrators, who are still at large, said the source. Train movement between Cairo and Aswan resumed after it was temporarily brought to a halt following the incident.

Earlier Friday, bomb disposal units have defused two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Giza’s district of Haram, Youm7 reported. Two people allegedly belong to the banned Muslim Brotherhood group, were killed and two police officers were injured Friday in a gunfire exchange in the coastal city of Damietta.

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 a mass protest against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.

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