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Egypt police shot dead at Giza Pyramids

Published 03/06/2015

Surge in violence has followed the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Surge in violence has followed the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Gunmen on a speeding motorcycle have opened fire at the famed Giza Pyramids in Egypt - killing two members of the tourist police, according to reports.

The drive-by shooting was a rare incident at a tourist site. Egypt sees regular attacks on its security forces as it struggles with a low-level Islamist insurgency, mostly in the lawless northern Sinai Peninsula.

But the attacks have inched closer to the capital, mostly targeting individual security agents - but also included small bombings in public areas.

A deadly car bombing last year hit the security headquarters in Cairo, also damaging an Islamic museum.

The surge in violence has followed the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

Tourism, a major foreign revenue earner, plunged recently, after recovering from a wave of Islamist attacks in the 1990s.

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