Three Egyptian policemen were killed when masked men attacked
a checkpoint in the Nile delta city of Mansoura, security
No group has claimed responsibility. Al Qaeda-linked
militants have stepped up attacks on soldiers and police
since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in
The majority of the attacks have been carried out in the
largely lawless Sinai region, although militants have on
occasion extended their campaign into major cities.
Three men in a car and one on a motorcycle approached the
checkpoint before dawn and fired at the policemen "to make
sure that they were dead", a security source in Mansoura
said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"This is another attack in the series of terrorist attacks
against the police," he said. He did not specify who had
carried out the attack. State-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported
that 60 bullet casings were found at the site.
In Qalyoubiya, another city in the Nile Delta province, a
prosecutor ordered the arrest of 16 people suspected of
forming a "terrorist cell" for their involvement in the
failed assassination attempt on the interior minister in
A Sinai-based militant group claimed that attack and released
a video saying a former army major had carried out the
The army-backed interim government says it is fighting a war
on terror, and makes no distinction between the Sinai-based
militants it calls "terrorists" and ousted president Mursi's
Since Mursi's ouster, the state has launched a fierce
security crackdown on the Brotherhood, killing hundreds of
members, arresting more than two thousand.
The Brotherhood, Egypt's oldest and biggest Islamist group,
denies any links with violent activity.