Three security personnel were killed and two civilians injured earlier Sunday when unknown assailants attacked a checkpoint located in the Lower Egypt Delta governorate of Sharqiya, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.
Police investigations revealed that the assailants, riding two motorcycles, attacked a security checkpoint located in Sharqiya's town of Fakous, leaving three low ranking policemen killed and two passersby injured, Al-Ahram reported.
The incident comes hours before the fifth anniversary of the 25 January Revolution and amid tight security measures nationwide imposed by the interior ministry and armed forces.
Several calls for protests to mark the revolution have been made on social media. It remains unclear whether such calls will materialise into demonstrations, which are illegal without prior police permission.
The Egyptian military deployed Friday to assist police in securing state institutions and vital facilities, according to an official statement released by the Egyptian army.
The official army spokesman said in a statement Friday that the military had been dispatched to aid the interior ministry's security apparatus in protecting citizens and securing vital facilities, including main roads in Greater Cairo and other parts of the country, adding that air force and border guards are to secure the country's borders, to stop the “infiltration of criminals and outlaws through borders.”