Gunmen kill eight in suspected Egypt terror attack

Policemen die in ambush just south of Cairo

Gunmen kill eight in suspected Egypt terror attack

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Eight police officers have been killed by gunmen in an attack south of Cairo, the Egyptian Interior Ministry has said.

The officers were travelling in a minivan in the Helwan district when they were ambushed, the ministry announced.

Gunmen blocked their path using a pick up truck and then sprayed the vehicle with automatic rifle fire.

It is not known who was responsible but Islamic State has killed hundreds of police in terror attacks, mostly in the Sinai peninsula and in some tourist haunts.

The ministry said those killed included a lieutenant and seven lower ranking officers.