Egypt: 5 policemen killed in attack on checkpoint in Giza province

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New Delhi: At least 5 policemen were killed on Friday in an attack on a checkpoint in Giza province, south of the capital. Police officials and state television said the attack took place near Badrasheen, a town some 20 kilometres from Cairo, where militants have also targeted police in the past.

The killings came as police and the army said they are closing in on militants and jihadists following a spate of attacks in the Nile Valley and the Sinai Peninsula.

Egypt has struggled to quell the Islamic State jihadist group based in the Sinai Peninsula and smaller militant groups in the mainland since the military overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and cracked down on his supporters.