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Published on : Wednesday, June 3, 2015
According to reports Gunmen on a speeding motorcycle shot dead two members of Egypt’s tourism and antiquities police force on a road near the Giza pyramids on Wednesday. It was a rare attack at a tourist site. The gunmen fled the area, an investigation was underway.
The security sources informed that Wednesday’s incident happened about 30 metres (yards) from a security checkpoint leading to the tourist site on the western outskirts of Cairo.
Egypt witnesses regular attacks on its security forces as it struggles with a low-level Islamist insurgency, mostly in the lawless northern Sinai Peninsula. Attacks have increased since then army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi led the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi after mass protests in 2013 against his troubled year in office.
Tourism is major source of income and foreign currency earnings for the Arab world’s most populous country.
A shift towards attacks on softer tourist and economic targets could weaken Egypt’s efforts to win back foreign tourists scared away by political and economic turmoil since a 2011 uprising which ousted veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak.