Egyptian protesters clash with police.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Three Egyptian policemen were killed on Monday when masked men attacked a
checkpoint in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, security sources said.
group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Islamists have stepped up attacks on soldiers and police since the army toppled
Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July. The majority of the attacks
have been carried out in the largely lawless Sinai region, although terrorists
have on occasion extended their campaign into major cities.
Three men in
a car and one on a motorcycle approached the checkpoint before dawn and fired at
the policemen “to make sure that they were dead,” a security source in Mansoura
said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“This is another attack in the
series of terrorist attacks against the police,” he said, saying the violence
shows the intent of “revenge” against the security forces. He did not specify
who had carried out the attack.
Meanwhile, the head of Russian
intelligence arrived in Cairo on Monday in order to increase cooperation between
the two countries, according to a report in the Al-Ahram Gate
This comes after relations between Egypt and the US have cooled,
and Egypt is looking for other powers to support it.
Minister Hazem el-Beblawi dismissed the possibility of the army gaining more
political power in the country as speculation grows that army chief
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will run in next year’s presidential
Following the military coup of former Islamist president
Mohamed Morsi in July, the army has solidified its rule amidst a rise in
“One of the main gains of the January 2011 Revolution was
ending the concept of the military state. Not just because the people do not
want it, but because the army itself realized a military state harms it,”
Beblawi said in a TV interview on Sky News Arabia as reported by Ahram
Beblawi also said there was nothing to reports about talks
between the Muslim Brotherhood and the government.
Also on Monday,
security forces fired teargas to disperse hundreds of students protesting
against the military installed government at Cairo’s al-Azhar university, a week
before Morsi is due to face trial.
The detained former president is
expected to go on trial next Monday on charges of inciting murder.
supporters have called for mass protests on that day, raising the prospect of
more violence as Egypt’s political crisis continues.
The students chanted
“down with military rule” before the security forces moved in to break up the
Repeated student demonstrations demanding Morsi’s return are a
delicate matter for the authorities because the administration at al-Azhar, the
ancient seat of Sunni Islam learning, has historically toed the government
Monday’s protest, like several this month, took place near the
Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, where security forces dispersed a large pro- Morsi
protest camp on August 14, killing hundreds.
Thousands of Islamist
supporters and leaders of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood have also been jailed since
his overthrow and the movement has been banned.
Morsi’s supporters say
his removal was a coup against a freely elected leader. The army says it was
responding to the will of the people, who had taken to the streets to protest
against his rule.
Interim President Adly Mansour was quoted by the state
news agency as saying in a meeting with Sisi and the interior minister that
“imposing security was the main priority at this important stage.”