Prosecution denies involvement of 5 lieutenants in Helwan police shooting
Egyptian police and civilians gather around a bullet ridden microbus in the south Cairo neighborhood of Helwan - AP

CAIRO: South Cairo Prosecution Chairperson Ahmed al-Abraq denied Monday the media reports claiming that five police lieutenants were allegedly involved in the murder of eight police personnel in Helwan city, southern Cairo, Youm7 reported.

“The investigations did not reach the perpetrators yet,” said Investigator Abraq.

Al-Wafd newspaper reported an anonymous security official as saying that five police officers were involved in the killing of a police officer and seven policemen in plainclothes on Saturday evening.

The security official claimed that the five police officers were removed from their ranks in the Special Forces Units of the National Security Service over protesting against the 2013 August dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo and Giza. He added that the Ministry of Interior has issued a statement following the attack on banning the presence of those police officers from public entities.

On Saturday evening, a police officer and seven policemen were getting into a microbus on patrol 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.

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.

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.

The Attorney General Office has summoned the police personnel who were supervising evening patrols to listen to their accounts.

Helwan police station director told the prosecution times and places of  patrol are not known and are changeable over 24 hours, Youm7 reported.

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