Police pursue suspects of Helwan attack in desert around Saff, Atfih
Egyptian police and civilians gather around a bullet ridden microbus in the south Cairo neighborhood of Helwan - AP

CAIRO: Security forces are pursuing suspects of a recent attack on the police in mountainous areas adjacent to al-Saff and Atfih towns in Giza, security sources told Youm7 Monday.

On Saturday, eight police personnel were fatally shot by unknown gunmen in Helwan, southern Cairo and near the two blue-collar towns. The policemen were getting into a microbus when four gunmen in a four-wheel drive opened fire.

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 page no longer exists.

“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 and Nadha squares in Cairo, leaving hundreds of protesters demanding the reinstatement of President Mohamed Morsi dead.

In a statement attributed to the Islamic State (IS,) the group claimed responsibility for the attack. The statement had the logo of Amaq news agency, which is affiliated with IS, and was circulated on a small-scale on social media but could not be verified by The Cairo Post.

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