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Policeman killed in militant attack in Egypt

Cairo: A policeman has been killed and two others injured after militants attacked a police checkpoint in Egypt’s Giza governorate, a security official said.

The militants opened fire on the checkpoint late yesterday in Cairo-Assuit agriculture road in Badrashin area killing the policeman and injuring two others, the official said.

The injured were transferred to the nearby hospital, while security forces have started a search operation to find the attackers.

The attacks targeting police and military increased after the ouster of ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule.

Over 700 security personnel have been reported killed since then.

The military has launched campaigns in the area, arrested suspects and demolished houses that belong to terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.