At least eight plainclothes policemen have been shot and killed, following an ambush in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
Eight plainclothes policemen in Egypt have been shot dead on the outskirts of the capital, Cairo, officials say.
Their white police van was ambushed in the early hours of Sunday morning in the southern district of Helwan. Four gunmen in a truck sprayed the vehicle with bullets from automatic weapons, the interior ministry said.
Islamic State militants operating in the Sinai Peninsula, known as Sinai Province, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Hundreds of security personnel have been killed in the Sinai region since the military overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.