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Families hold funerals for slain policemen in Egypt's Fayoum

The two policemen were shot dead on Thursday

Ahram Online , Friday 22 May 2015
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Funeral processions were held on Friday in the Egyptian governorate of Fayoum for two policemen shot dead on Thursday night, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported on Friday.

Sayed Hassan, 37, and Rabei Ahmed, 40, both low-ranking policemen, were travelling home on motorcycles when armed assailants opened fire, killing both.

Their funerals were held in the villages of Bihmo and Tersa, close to Sanoures town in Fayoum, central Egypt.

The Fayoum security directorate and the interior ministry have not released a statement on the incident.

Attacks on police and army personnel have left hundreds dead nationwide since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Civilians too have been caught up in the violence.

A conscript was injured Monday in a drive-by shooting at a security checkpoint on the Ismailia-Suez road. Last week, a policeman was injured in a bomb attack near a court complex in Assiut, Upper Egypt.

The security forces have responded by announcing the arrest of scores of alleged terrorists.

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