Masked gunmen riding motorcycles killed five Egyptian policemen in an attack on a checkpoint south of Cairo on Thursday, the Interior Ministry said.
The attack in the province of Beni Suef, 100 km south of Cairo, was carried out
by men riding two motorcycles, a ministry statement said.They opened fire heavily on the forces at the checkpoint," the statement said. Two policemen were wounded.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Bombings and shootings targeting security forces have become commonplace since
Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was deposed by the army last July after mass protests against his rule. The state has declared itself in a war on terror, and declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group on December 25. The Brotherhood has
said it remains committed to peaceful activism.