Gunmen kill three Egyptian policemen in Mansoura

Gunmen kill three Egyptian policemen in Mansoura
Mon Oct 28, 2013 17:03:12

Three Egypt policemen have been shot dead when masked gunmen launched attack on a checkpoint in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, security sources have said.

Three unidentified men in a car and one on a motorcycle approached the checkpoint before dawn on Monday and fired at the policemen "to make sure that they were dead", a security source in Mansoura said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"This is another attack in the series of terrorist attacks against the police," he said, saying the violence shows the intent of "revenge" against the security forces. He did not specify who had carried out the attack.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

State-run newspaper al-Ahram reported that 60 bullet casings were found at the site of the attack.

The police were conducting search operations to locate the perpetrators, but no arrests had been made, according to an emailed statement from the interior ministry.

Militants have stepped up attacks on Egyptian soldiers and police since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi in July.

The majority of the attacks have been carried out in the Sinai region, although militants have on occasion extended their campaign into major cities.

Since Mursi's ouster, the state has launched a fierce security crackdown on the Brotherhood, killing hundreds of members, arresting more than two thousand, and banning the movement.

The Brotherhood, Egypt's oldest and biggest Islamist group, denies any links with militant activity.


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