5 Egyptian security men killed in checkpoint attack

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-14 17:29:21|Editor: Xiang Bo
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CAIRO, July 14 (Xinhua) -- At least five security men were killed on Friday when militants opened fire randomly in a checkpoint in Egyptian province of Giza, an interior ministry source said.

"Two policemen and three recruits were immediately killed after an attack with guns on their fixed checkpoint in Badrasheen district, south-west Cairo," official news agency MENA quoted the security source as saying.

Meanwhile, local media said according to eyewitnesses that "masked men on a motorbike have opened fire from automatic machines before fleeing the scene."

"The gunmen poured flammable material on the dead bodies, in an attempt to burn them, but the gathering of the residents stopped them," Youm7 news website quoted the eyewitnesses as saying.

MENA added the investigation team moved immediately to the place of attack, and interior ministry ordered blocking the nearby entrances and exits and spread several movable check points to track the attackers.

Remote areas of Giza have been center for sheltering Islamists and remnants of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood since the army-led ouster of the Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 in response to mass protest against this one-year-rule.

Egypt has been suffering wave of anti-security attacks after the topple of Morsi that left hundreds of security men and dozens of civilians killed.

ISIS branch in North Sinai claimed responsibility of most of the attacks that have been basically centered in Sinai Peninsula. Recently some attacks have expanded to the capital and other cities.