Masked gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a security checkpoint Friday killing five policemen just a short distance from some of the country's oldest pyramids in Giza, officials said.
The drive-by shooting in the early hours of the morning took place in the village of Abusir in Badrashin, part of Greater Cairo, and the
slain policemen were part of the force tasked to guard Saqqara, one of Egypt's most popular tourist sites and host to a collection of temples, tombs and funerary complexes.
The attack took place near the famous Step Pyramid of King Djoser—the oldest of Egypt's more than 90 pyramids and the forerunner of the more familiar straight-sided pyramids in Giza on the outskirts of Cairo.
Attackers stole the weapons and radios of the victims and tried to set fire to the bodies but fled upon seeing people gathering nearby, witnesses said.