CAIRO – Egypt's state news agency says gunmen have attacked a checkpoint manned by the military police in a suburb north of Cairo, killing five soldiers.
Major General Mahmoud Yousri, chief of security of Qalubiya province, told MENA that the attackers stormed the checkpoint early Saturday in Shubra al-Kheima.
Yousri said explosive disposal experts managed to defuse two bombs left behind by the attackers.
Egypt has seen a spike in attacks on police and the military since the toppling of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year. Many of the deadliest attacks have been claimed by Sinai-based militants.