Gunmen on motorbike shoot policeman dead in Egypt’s Beni Suef

Ahram Online , Sunday 25 Oct 2015

Gunmen on a motorbike shot dead an Egyptian policeman south of Cairo, the interior ministry said early on Sunday.

The incident, which occurred late on Saturday in Beni Suef governorate, is the latest in a string of attacks on security forces that have spiked since the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Two assailants on a motorbike opened fire Saturday night on a vehicle belonging to policeman Khalifa Ali Hassan in the city of El-Fashan in the southern part of Beni Suef.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Attacks over the past two years have mainly taken place in the North Sinai region, the epicenter of a mounting Islamist insurgency.

On Saturday, suspected militants on a motorcycle shot dead the parliamentary candidate of the ultraconservative Salafist Nour party in the restive northern Sinai city of El-Arish.

In a separate incident on Saturday, three police officers were killed and eight injured, also in El-Arish, when a roadside bomb targeting their armoured vehicle detonated.

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