Four Egypt Security Personnel Killed by Gunmen South of Cairo

Two attackers were riding a motor bike when they opened fire using machine guns at a checkpoint in Saqqara, a Cairo suburb and site of some of Egypt's oldest pyramids.

Ahmed Hassan and Omar Fahmy
Saqqara in Egypt, where the dog mummies were found.
Saqqara in Egypt, where the dog mummies were found.Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Ahmed Hassan and Omar Fahmy

Gunmen killed four security personnel in an attack at a police checkpoint in Saqqara, near some of Egypt's historic pyramid sites, the Interior Ministry and three security sources said on Saturday.

One security source said the two attackers were riding a motor bike when they opened fire using machine guns at a police checkpoint in Saqqara, 22 miles south of Cairo.

The interior ministry said in a statement that security forces are scanning the area of the attack in search of the gunmen.

Egypt is fighting an Islamist insurgency that has been targeted mostly at security personnel. Hundreds of police and army personnel have been killed since the army toppled President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.

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