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Militants attack church near Egyptian capital, officer killed

English.news.cn   2014-01-28 22:13:04            

CAIRO, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- One police officer was shot dead and another was injured by unknown gunmen who attacked a church in Oct. 6 City west of the Egyptian capital of Cairo, state-run Ahram website reported Tuesday.

Initial investigations revealed four attackers in a car shot randomly at the policemen guarding the Virgin Church in Oct. 6 City.

The attackers attempted to flee the scene but local residents managed to catch one of them.

The accident came as part of a surge in attacks by Islamist hardliners against police and army officers following the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in July.

Earlier on Tuesday, two gunmen on a motorbike killed a senior Egyptian Interior Ministry official near his home in Haram's street in Giza governorate, west of Cairo.

The accident coincides with the trial of Morsi over a jailbreak incident during the Jan. 25 uprising that toppled former longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.

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