Cairo suburb gun attack kills officer and soldier

Egypt is fighting a wave of Islamist militancy against security forces which started in the remote regions of the Sinai. (File photo: Reuters)

ISIS has claimed responsibility for an armed attack on a police officer and a soldier in the Cairo suburb of Giza, a statement from the group posted on messaging service Telegram said.

Armed men shot dead a police officer and a soldier while hey were in their car in the Giza area, on the outskirts of Cairo on Saturday.

"Immediately after the incident several moving and fixed checkpoints were deployed in the Muneeb area in order to crack down on the attackers and catch them," a security source was quoted as saying by the state news agency.

Egypt is fighting a wave of Islamist militancy against security forces which started in the remote regions of the Sinai, but is increasingly spreading closer to the capital and focusing on targets previously considered safe such tourist resorts on the Red Sea.

On Friday two armed assailants attacked a hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort town of Hurgada, wounding three foreign tourists. The Interior Ministry had said that one of the attackers was a student from Giza.
 

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