Two Egyptian policemen have been killed after unidentified gunmen shot at them in Cairo on Tuesday, according to a spokesman for the Interior Ministry. The spokesman, Hany Abdel Latif, stated the gunmen opened fire on a vehicle with Colonel Wael Tahoon and a police recruit who was driving the car in the Ain Shams district of the capital.
Egypt has been victim to an insurgency in the North Sinai that has led to the deaths of hundred of soldiers and policemen over the past two years. This began when ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Mohamed Mursi, the Islamic-minded president.
Sinai Province, an anti-government militant group that has ties to ISIS, has claimed responsibility of similar attacks. Though, the group has mainly targeted areas in the Sinai Peninsula, a crucial area on the border with Israel. Other groups that are sympathetic with ISIS have launched attacks in the area.
There has been no information of an immediate claim of responsibility to the killing of the two Egyptian policemen on Tuesday. The attack comes one day after Mursi was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole for charges from the slaughtering of protesters during his time in power.
By Alex Lemieux
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