Police kill suspect in murder of senior police officer
Late police officer Mostafa Lotfy. Youm7 archive.

CAIRO: A suspect in murder of a senior police officer was killed Thursday in a shootout with police in Cairo’s district of Shubra, Youm7 reported.

The suspect was killed after security forces raided the house of his uncle where the suspect was hiding, security source told Youm7.

The suspect is reportedly involved in the assassination of Lieutenant Colonel Mostafa Lotfy from the investigation dept. at Shubra al Kheima police station. Lotfy was killed while executing a no-knock, pre-dawn raid last week at the house of an outlaw who has reportedly killed six policemen and two civilians in Sep. 2015, security source told Youm7.

The police officer was given a military funeral in Cairo Thursday.

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.

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