Middle East

Egypt police killed in drive-by shooting south of Cairo


Four Egyptian police have been killed in a drive-by shooting, security officials say.

The shooting happened in the Saqqara area, some 35km (22 miles) south of the capital Cairo.

The unidentified attackers opened fire on a police checkpoint from a motorbike, officials say.

Egypt has seen increased attacks on security forces since the army ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.

Image caption The shooting reportedly took place near Saqqara's famous stepped pyramid of Djoser

Most incidents have been confined to the restive Sinai peninsula.

There, the authorities are battling jihadists who have pledged loyalty to the so-called Islamic State (IS) group.

IS's local affiliate says it was behind the crash of a Russian jet in Sinai, which killed all 224 people on board.