Egyptian official: Gunmen kill policeman on patrol

Egyptian supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi block a road by setting waste on fire in Matariya Square, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Egyptian security forces firing tear gas quashed small, scattered demonstrations on Thursday by Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi who tried to commemorate the anniversary of the killing of hundreds of protesters. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abdel Fattah, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT

CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen shot and killed an Egyptian policeman on patrol and wounded another north of Cairo on Monday, a security official said.

The attack happened as the two policemen, who were on patrol, approached a suspicious-looking car parked by the side of the road in the Nile Delta province of Gharbiya, said the official.

As they approached, the gunmen, who were inside the car, opened fire, killing one policeman and seriously wounding the other, said the official.

The attackers then fled the scene, added the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement the patrol was part of a force searching for a number of suspects sentenced in absentia and other outlaws. It didn't elaborate.

Attacks and bombings targeting Egyptian security forces, the military, as well as government buildings and other installations have been on the rise since the military overthrew the country's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.

Militant groups have claimed responsibility for some of the major attacks, saying they were to revenge the killing and arrest of hundreds of pro-Morsi supporters during protests at the hands of Egyptian security agencies.