Policeman shot dead guarding home of judge hearing Morsi case

A policeman was shot dead while guarding the home of a judge hearing one of the cases against former President Mohamed Morsi in the early hours of Friday morning, the privately owned newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

Abdallah Mohamed Abdallah, 35, was guarding the home of Judge Hussein Qandil in Daqhalia. As his colleagues from the security detail ended their shift, unknown assailants on a motorbike opened fire on the men.

Scores of Interior Ministry personnel have been murdered in apparent targeted killings in recent months. In January, the Ansar Beit al-Maqdes group claimed responsibility for the murder of General Mohamed Saeed, a high ranking Interior Ministry official.

There was also an attempt on the life of Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim in September 2013 when a bomb exploded as his convoy went past.

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