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Policeman shot dead in Cairo

The police officers had been guarding branches of two foreign banks

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Gunmen on a motorbike killed a policeman and wounded another in a drive-by shooting in the Egyptian capital on Saturday, the interior ministry said.

“Armed men on a motorcycle opened fire on the police before fleeing,” ministry spokesman Hani Abdel Latif told Agence France Presse.

The police officers had been guarding branches of two foreign banks, Britain’s HSBC and Union National Bank of the United Arab Emirates, when they were attacked near a Cairo square.

On Thursday, police in Cairo killed two suspected Ansar Beit al-Maqdis militants in a shootout that left three policemen and two passers-by injured. On the same day, an army captain and a soldier were killed in the volatile northern Sinai peninsula.

Scores of policemen and soldiers have been killed in bombings and shootings since the Egyptian military deposed Islamist president Mohammad Morsi in July 2013.

Most of the attacks have been in the Sinai Peninsula, the deadliest of them claimed by Beit al-Maqdis, a militant group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) organization.