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Egypt attackers launch deadly assault on police

Little-known jihadist group, Ajnad Misr, claims responsibility for a string of bomb attacks targeting security forces

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The latest deadly assault against Egypt’s security forces left a police officer and a conscript dead after armed attackers opened fire on their patrol car, Egypt's interior ministry announced on Sunday.

The attack came just two days after a police officer was killed in a bomb blast in Cairo.

According to Agence France-Presse, the ministry said those killed were patrolling the road between Cairo and Suez.

Militants have stepped up their attacks against security forces since the army ousted President Mohamed Mursi in July.

The authorities blame the Brotherhood for the attacks and have blacklisted it as a "terrorist organization."

In a related story, an Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced 30 Mursi supporters to more than three years in prison for taking part in violent protests.

The court found the defendants guilty of rioting, blocking roads and taking part in violence at a February protest against trials that Mursi faces.

They were also accused of being members of a “terrorist group,” the officials said, indicating they belonged to the Brotherhood.

(With AFP)