Eight police personnel fatally shot by gunmen in southern Cairo
Egyptian police and civilians gather around a bullet ridden microbus in the south Cairo neighborhood of Helwan - AP
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CAIRO: Eight police personnel were fatally shot by unknown gunmen in Helwan city, southern Cairo, Saturday evening, Youm7 reported.

A police officer and seven policemen were getting into a microbus at Omar Bin Abdel Azizi St. in Helwan, when four gunmen in a Four-wheel drive opened fire killing all eight police personnel, initial investigations revealed.

The dead bodies were taken to a nearby public hospital and were then transferred to the police hospital. Criminal investigators said that 50 live bullets were found in the microbus.

The site of the incident was cordoned off, as well as the side streets, while security forces have been put on alert in governmental institutions and at Helwan Metro Station.

Egyptian police and civilians gather around a bullet ridden microbus in the south Cairo neighborhood of Helwan, Sunday, May 8, 2016. Gunmen opened fire on a microbus filled with plainclothes police in a Cairo suburb early Sunday, killing eight of them, including an officer, Egypt's state news agency reported. (AP Photo/Mohsen Nabil)

Egyptian police and civilians gather around a bullet ridden microbus in the south Cairo neighborhood of Helwan, Sunday, May 8, 2016. Gunmen opened fire on a microbus filled with plainclothes police in a Cairo suburb early Sunday, killing eight of them, including an officer, Egypt’s state news agency reported. (AP Photo/Mohsen Nabil)

Administrators of the anti-regime Facebook page, Popular Resistance Egypt, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that they followed the police personnel and staged the ambush.

“The operation successfully marks 1,000 days since the dispersal of the Rabaa sit-in,” the admin posted.

On August 14, 2013, security forces raided pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Rabaa Square in Cairo and and Nadha Square in Giza, leaving hundreds of protesters dead. The sit-ins were staged against the removal of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi from office on July 3, 2013 by the military following mass protests calling for an end to his regime on June 30, 2013.

In late June 2015, the now defunct Facebook page, Giza Popular Resistance, claimed responsibility for the assassination of the late Attorney-General Hisham Barakat.

Since Morsi was ousted militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel, according to the Interior Ministry.

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