Thursday, January 23, 2014

Five Policemen Shot Dead at Egyptian Checkpoint; Seen as "Payback" by Islamists for Mursi's Ouster

At least five police officers have been killed in an attack on a security checkpoint south of Egypt's capital of Cairo, the Euro News website reports today (January 23, 2014).

Two others were injured -- one badly -- in the town of Beni Suef, some 100 kilometers from Cairo.

Egypt's interior ministry said armed motorcyclists opened fire while riding past the checkpoint.

Attacks on security forces have increased significantly since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was ousted by the Egyptian army in July, with more than 250 police officers and soldiers killed since then.

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