A conscript was shot dead and a police officer injured late on Monday, as unknown assailants opened fire at a police convoy near Badrashin town in Giza.
The patrol had been sent to check on the status of security in area, which falls under the jurisdiction of Badrashin’s police station on the Cairo-Assiut road. The assailants shot at the convoy from inside a crop field before fleeing the scene.
The injured officer was transported to hospital for further treatment as the security forces combed the surrounding area, according to a Ministry of Interior statement.
Shootings, mainly targeting police and army officers as well as state officials, have become common in Egypt since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
Although the militant insurgency has been predominantly active in North Sinai, militant attacks targeting public facilities as well as police and army facilities and personnel have spilled out of the restive peninsula, often in the form of drive-by shootings and IED attacks.