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Updated: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 02:54:26 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

Drive-by shooting in Cairo, Egypt kills 3 policemen



An anti-Mursi protester carries a poster of Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a protest supporting al- Sisi in front of the state television building, central Cairo, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany (© EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

An anti-Mursi protester carries a poster of Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a protest supporting al- Sisi in front of the state television building, central Cairo, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX18D6H Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Egypt's state news agency says a drive-by shooting on a highway east of Cairo has left three policemen dead.

MENA says the attack took place early on Wednesday as the three policemen were patrolling the Suez-Ismailia road. Unidentified gunmen opened fire from their car on the police vehicle and fled the scene.

The agency says authorities are investigating and searching for the attackers.

Bombings, suicide attacks and drive-by shooting have surged in the country since the military's ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi last summer.

An al-Qaeda-inspired militant group has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks. The government accuses Morsi's group, the Muslim Brotherhood, of orchestrating the attacks and has branded it a terrorist organization. The Brotherhood denies the accusations.

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