An affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Egypt has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed two policemen in the Giza neighborhood in the southern outskirts of the country's capital city.
Police officers Ali Ahmed Fahmy and Ramadan al-Burhami were killed as they made their way to work in Giza's Shabramant district, the Egyptian Ministry of Interior said in a statement on Saturday.
Officials said police shot two attackers, killing one and wounding another. The ministry identified the slain attacker as 21-year-old Mohammed Hassan Mohammed Mahfouz, a student from Giza.
The attack was claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in a statement posted on messaging service Telegram, the Reuters news agency reported.
The killing of the two officers comes a day after two knife-wielding attackers stabbed three tourists at a hotel in Egypt's Red Sea city of Hurghada. The interior ministry said two men armed with knives had entered the outdoor restaurant at the front of the seaside, four-star Bella Vista Hotel and attacked the tourists.
Saturday's attack also comes two days after a man opened fire on a bus carrying Arab citizens of Israel outside a Cairo hotel.
No one was hurt in the attack, which was also claimed by ISIL in a statement published on social media.
Al Jazeera and wire services