At least eight policemen have been killed and three others injured in a brazen attack by terrorists on a security check point in southwest Egypt, the latest in a series of assaults targeting security personnel.
The attack on the security checkpoint at Al-Naqb in Egypt's El-Wadi el-Gedeed governorate, 70 km from Kharga city, took place last night in which two of the attackers were killed during the gun-battle that ensued, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
The security forces launched a hunt for the remaining attackers who managed to escape after the assault, it said. Eight policemen were killed while three security personnel were injured in the attack, the ministry said. No terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. Egypt has witnessed many violent attacks by militants since the January 2011 revolution that toppled president Hosni Mubarak.
The attacks targeting police and military increased after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule. Most of the attacks have taken place in the north of the Sinai Peninsula but assaults have also occurred in other parts of the country, including the capital Cairo. The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility last week for a terror attack on a police checkpoint in the Sinai that killed eight people.