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Egypt checkpoint attack kills six army officers

The army officers were shot dead on the outskirts of northern Cairo in the Shubra al-Kheima neighborhood

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Gunmen opened fire on a checkpoint in Cairo Saturday, killing six Egyptian army officers, state television reported.

The six army officers were shot dead on the outskirts of northern Cairo in the Shubra al-Kheima neighborhood.

Police also found two bombs at the site of the attack. A policeman told state television they were safely detonated.

Only two days ago gunmen attacked a military bus in the capital, killing one soldier.

Militants have launched scores of attacks, mainly targeting security forces, since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohammad Mursi in July.

While most of the attacks have taken place in the restive Sinai Peninsula, attacks in the past few months have recently been occurring in the Nile Delta and in the capital.

The government has blamed the surge in attacks on Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. The organization has said it renounced violence decades ago and denies any involvement.

The most prominent attacks, including a car bombing at a police headquarters in Cairo and the downing of a military helicopter in Sinai, have been claimed by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem), a Sinai-based jihadist movement.

The group has said the attacks are in retaliation for a brutal government crackdown on Mursi's Islamist supporters, which Amnesty International says has claimed some 1,400 lives.

Mursi was elected in Egypt's first-ever democratic presidential election, following the 2011 uprising that toppled long-ruling dictator Husni Mubarak.

(With AFP)