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Five conscripts shot dead and two IEDs diffused at Mostorod checkpoint

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Eyewitnesses said four militants emerged from a car to perform the attack, army spokesman reports

Egyptian soldiers and officials inspect the sight where gunmen killed six soldiers at a Cairo checkpoint on March 15, 2014  in an attack the military blamed on the Muslim Brotherhood movement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi. The attack came two days after gunmen killed a soldier in Cairo, as militants once based in the Sinai Peninsula increasingly target the capital in a campaign that has killed more than 200 security men since the army overthrew Morsi last July.  (AFP PHOTO / AHMED GAMEL)

Egyptian soldiers and officials inspect the sight where gunmen killed six soldiers at a Cairo checkpoint on March 15, 2014. 

A group of five military police conscripts were shot dead after performing dawn prayers at a checkpoint at Mostorod near the Cairo-Ismailia agricultural road, Army Spokesman Colonel Ahmed Ali announced Saturday.

In a statement, Ali attributed the shoot out to an armed group affiliated with the “Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organisation.” The assailants also planted two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) near the checkpoint to target any reinforcements.

According to eyewitnesses there were four assailants who used a car, the army spokesman’s office reported. A team of explosive experts from the police department discovered the IEDs with help from military engineers.

Ali sent the armed forces’ condolences to the victims’ families and vowed that such “cowardly attacks” would not happen again. The police and armed forces are working together to arrest the assailants, he said.

“There is no pattern for the terrorists’ attacks, they just target points of weaknesses,” said a source from the army spokesman office. “Our forces will be more alert and precautions will be taken to avoid such incidents in the future.”

Several attacks targeting military and police personnel have taken place since the 3 July military-backed ousting of former president Mohamed Morsi. The attacks targeted different ranks, including the Minister of Interior, heads of security directorates, military conscripts, and officers.

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