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3 policemen shot dead in Egypt

AFP | Last Updated: Monday, October 28, 2013 - 17:49

Cairo: Gunmen on Monday killed three policemen in Egypt, where attacks against security forces have been on the rise in the face of a bloody crackdown against Islamists, security officials said.

The assailants opened fire on the policemen who were posted near the University of Mansura in Egypt`s Nile Delta region, before fleeing, one source said.

Since the army`s ouster of the country`s first freely elected president, Islamist Mohamed Morsi, near-daily attacks targeting security forces have left dozens dead, particularly in the lawless Sinai peninsula.

The interim government installed by the army accuses pro-Morsi Islamist groups of being behind the attacks.

Jihadist movements have claimed many of the attacks, slamming what they call a brutal military coup and have demanded Morsi`s return to power.

Since August 14, when policemen and soldiers killed hundreds of pro-Morsi demonstrators in Cairo as they dispersed two huge protest camps, over 1,000 have died in the crackdown.

More than 2,000 members and supporters of Morsi`s Muslim Brotherhood have also been arrested since August, including Morsi and its top leadership, who will face trial for inciting the killing of protesters.

First Published: Monday, October 28, 2013 - 17:49

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