Egyptian policeman shot at checkpoint

2016-02-17 18:02
An Egyptian policewoman directs a woman at a polling site on the first day of voting in the country's constitutional referendum in Cairo. (Maya Alleruzzo, AP)

An Egyptian policewoman directs a woman at a polling site on the first day of voting in the country's constitutional referendum in Cairo. (Maya Alleruzzo, AP)

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Cairo - Gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a checkpoint in Egypt late on Tuesday, killing a policeman and seriously wounding two others, security officials said.

The attack took place in an area called El-Badrasheen in southern Cairo where policemen have previously been targeted in similar attacks.

There were no immediate details about the assailants, who fled the scene.

Jihadists have regularly attacked security forces since the country's then army chief and now president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, overthrew Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Jihadists say the attacks are in retaliation for a crackdown targeting Morsi's supporters that has left hundreds dead and thousands imprisoned.

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