Barely covered by the Western media, Egypt has been enduring numerous attacks by ISIS now hunkered down in the Sinai peninsula. Only large-scale attacks such as the bombing of a Russian airliner at the popular Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh or the attack at Hurghada, another resort popular with Europeans, have made the news.But Egypt has been rocked with terror attacks for the past several years such as the assassination of the interior minister in late 2013 and the bombing of the Italian consulate in July 2015. Two months before the airliner was bombed, a Croatian oil worker was beheaded and ISIS regularly stages hit–and-run attacks on policemen.
In March, ISIS killed 15 policemen in an attack on a checkpoint near El-Arish, the provincial capital of North Sinai. And now terror strikes again.
Four gunmen killed eight police officers dressed in plainclothes south of Cairo on Sunday, authorities said, according to the Express. The gunmen shot and killed all of the officers before escaping, the statement said.
The officers were traveling in a government minivan and conducting security checks in Helwan district when they were attacked, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said in a statement.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted by a supporter of the terror group.
The gunmen shot and killed all of the officers before escaping, the statement said.
According to Al Arabiya, extremists in Egypt have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers in attacks, mostly in the Sinai Peninsula but also in and around Cairo.
The attack was the deadliest in the heavily policed capital since November, when gunmen attacked a security checkpoint, killing four policemen. That attack was also claimed by the local ISIS affiliate
The attack was the deadliest in the heavily policed capital since November, when gunmen attacked a security checkpoint, killing four policemen. That attack was also claimed by the local ISIS affiliate.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]