A policeman was shot dead by a group of men who opened fire on a police van that was taking seven prisoners to a police station, a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior said.
Two other police officers and two prisoners were injured in the attack, which the Ministry of Interior’s statement said was a failed attempt to free the prisoners.
The gunmen opened fire at the police van on a highway to Assiut, 300 kilometres south of Cairo, the statement said. In February, a group of bedouin in the Sinai Peninsula attacked a police van that was carrying prisoners, shot dead two policemen and freed eight prisoners.
Source: Egyptian police