Egyptian Policeman and Soldier Shot Dead by Gunmen Near Cairo

ISIS militants claim responsibility for the attack in a statement; perpetrators have not been caught.

A file photo of Egyptian police standing guard in Cairo, Egypt, October 31, 2015.
AP

REUTERS - Armed men shot dead a police officer and a soldier on Saturday while they were in their car in the Giza area, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt's state news agency said.

"Immediately after the incident several moving and fixed checkpoints were deployed in the Muneeb area in order to crack down on the attackers and catch them," a security source was quoted as saying by the state news agency.

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on messaging service Telegram.

Egypt is fighting a wave of Islamist militancy against security forces which started in the remote regions of the Sinai, but is increasingly spreading closer to the capital and focusing on targets previously considered safe, such as tourist resorts on the Red Sea.

On Friday two armed assailants attacked a hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort town of Hurgada, wounding three foreign tourists. The Interior Ministry had said that one of the attackers was a student from Giza.