Cairo bomb­ing ‘kills se­nior Egyp­tian po­lice­man’

Daily Trust - - AFRICA -

Ji­hadist mil­i­tants have stepped up at­tacks on se­cu­rity per­son­nel and killed hun­dreds since the army ousted Pres­i­dent Mo­hammed Morsi last July.

On Satur­day, gun­men killed an in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer and a po­lice­man while pa­trolling a desert road link­ing Cairo to the canal city of Suez.

That at­tack came a day af­ter a po­lice­man died in an­other bomb­ing in the cap­i­tal claimed by a group named Aj­nad Misr (Egypt’s Soldiers).

It says it is wag­ing a cam­paign against po­lice be­cause of the state’s crack­down on Mr Morsi’s Mus­lim Brother­hood, in which more than 1,300 people have been killed and 16,000 oth­ers de­tained.

The in­sur­gency threat­ens se­cu­rity ahead of May’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, which for­mer mil­i­tary chief Ab­dul Fat­tah al-Sisi is ex­pected to win.

The re­tired field mar­shal has vowed to crush the mil­i­tants.

In a sep­a­rate de­vel­op­ment, the US will deliver to Egypt 10 Apache he­li­copters were held up af­ter Pres­i­dent Morsi was over­thrown.

Bomb­ings and shoot­ings tar­get­ing the po­lice have be­come com­mon since the over­throw of Pres­i­dent Morsi.

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