Egyptian riot policemen are deployed outside the Police Academy on February 16, 2014 in Cairo
Egyptian riot policemen are deployed outside the Police Academy on February 16, 2014 in Cairo © Khaled Desouki - AFP/File
Egyptian riot policemen are deployed outside the Police Academy on February 16, 2014 in Cairo
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Last updated: May 20, 2014

Gunmen shoot dead three policemen and wound nine in Cairo

Gunmen travelling in a car opened fire on Tuesday on a group of Egyptian policemen near Cairo's Al-Azhar university, killing three and wounding nine others, the interior ministry said.

The attack comes just days ahead of a presidential election on May 26-27, which former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win.

The number of attacks targeting policemen has risen since Sisi ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July last year.

The latest came as some students of Cairo's Al-Azhar university, a prestigious seat of Sunni Islamic teaching, were protesting in favour of Morsi, the ministry said in a statement.

The wounded included an officer, the ministry added.

The attack also came a day after two policemen, riding on a motorbike, were shot dead by gunmen in the central city of Minya.

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