Barely covered by the Western media, Egypt has been enduring numerous attacks by ISIS now hunkered down in the Sinai peninsula. Only large-scale attacks such as the bombing of a Russian airliner at the popular Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh or the attack at Hurghada, another resort popular with Europeans, have made the news.
But Egypt has been rocked with terror attacks for the past several years such as the assassination of the interior minister in late 2013 and the bombing of the Italian consulate in July 2015. Two months before the airliner was bombed, a Croatian oil worker was beheaded and ISIS regularly stages hit–and-run attacks on policemen.
In March, ISIS killed 15 policemen in an attack on a checkpoint near El-Arish, the provincial capital of North Sinai. And now terror strikes again.
Four gunmen killed eight police officers dressed in plainclothes south of Cairo on Sunday, authorities said, according to the Express.
The officers were traveling in a government minivan and conducting security checks in Helwan district when they were attacked, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said in a statement.
The gunmen shot and killed all of the officers before escaping, the statement said.
It described the attackers as a “security unit of the caliphate soldiers” and said they have safely returned to their positions.
According to Al Arabiya, extremists in Egypt have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers in attacks, mostly in the Sinai Peninsula but also in and around Cairo.
The attack was the deadliest in the heavily policed capital since November, when gunmen attacked a security checkpoint, killing four policemen. That attack was also claimed by the local ISIS affiliate.
ISIS often claims their attacks are in retaliation for the police crackdown on Islamist supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. You remember him and the Muslim Brotherhood? The ones President Obama invited to be front and center during his first speech at Cairo University? Yep, good ol’ Barack Hussein. He’s always looking out for…you fill in the blanks.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]