Five Egyptian security men killed in checkpoint attack

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The latest attack in a resort town in the country dates back to January 2016 and three european tourists, were injured with knives.

Russian Federation has since suspended its flights to Egypt.

The motives of the assailant who was arrested by the police are still under investigation, but he was allegedly in contact with Islamic State radicals over the internet. The conditions of the surviving women were not immediately available.

The attack on the checkpoint occurred early in the morning when two noncommissioned officers and three policemen were shot dead, added the report of the official spokesman.

Separately today, gunmen ambushed an Egyptian security checkpoint today, opening fire on a auto and killing five policemen in an area just south of the capital, the state-run MENA news agency and the Interior Ministry said.

The attack came as gunmen ambushed an Egyptian security checkpoint yesterday, opening fire on a vehicle and killing five policemen in an area just south of the capital, the state-run MENA news agency and the Interior Ministry said. But the attacks have spilled to urban areas including capital Cairo.

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According to eyewitnesses, "masked men on a motorbike opened fire from automatic machines before fleeing the scene".

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this cowardly and spiteful act, which seems to have targeted tourists who just wanted to spend a carefree and relaxing time at the sea", the spokesperson said.

Similar attacks were claimed by the self-styled militant Hasm group that police say is affiliated with the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood from which Morsi hails.

The suspect was said to have specifically targeted woman and tourists and was reportedly heard shouting: 'Stay away, I don't want Egyptians'.

Egypt has been under a state of emergency for months following a series of church bombings in the spring that killed scores of Christians.

No particular group has yet claimed responsibility for the onslaught.

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