Six Egyptian army officers killed in another attack on security forces

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 March, 2014, 3:39pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 March, 2014, 5:33am

Gunmen shot dead six army officers near Cairo yesterday, the second attack on Egyptian security forces in three days. The military has blamed both on the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood of deposed president Mohammed Mursi.

Egypt has been hit by an Islamist insurgency that has mainly targeted the police and army since the military overthrew Mursi in July, and about 300 security officers have been killed in the wave of violence.

Yesterday's attack on a military police checkpoint was carried out by unidentified gunmen who then fled, according to state media.

A senior security source told state TV that two bombs found near the checkpoint had also been defused.

The army released a statement blaming the Brotherhood, but the movement's leader, Amr Darrag, denied the accusation.

"I condemn the killing of Egyptian soldiers. How can the Muslim Brotherhood be accused a few minutes after the attack with no evidence or investigation?" he said on Twitter.

The military-backed government condemned the attack and said it was determined to combat militant attacks.

Analysts expect attacks on security forces to increase in the coming months when a presidential vote is due to take place.

It is widely expected to be won by army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.