U.S., UK condemn Helwan terrorist attack on police personnel
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)

CAIRO: U.S. Department of State has strongly condemned Saturday’s “terrorist” attack against seven police personnel in Helwan city, south of Cairo, said the U.S. embassy in Cairo in a statement.

“The U.S. continues to stand with the Egyptian government and people in confronting terrorism,” the statement continued.

U.K ambassador to Cairo John Casson offered his country’s condolences to the families and colleagues of the victims, posting on his Twitter Account “Deep condolences to families & colleagues of the police officers murdered in #Helwan. Standing together we will defeat this terrorism.”

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.

Since former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military on July 3, 2013, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel, according to the Interior Ministry.

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