Brig. Gen. Ahmed Zaki died in the blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) that alleged Islamic terrorists placed beneath his police vehicle in the western suburb of October City, according to Schneider.
Meanwhile in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, a police commando was shot to death while he participated in a special operation that targeted a nest of Islamic terrorists opposed to the new Egyptian government, according to Middle East news outlets.
Jihadists increased their attacks on police, military, intelligence and security personnel and have killed hundreds of ranking officers as well as rank-and-file officials ever since the Egyptian military removed and arrested legally-elected President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.
Over the weekend, Islamist gunmen ambushed an intelligence officer and a police officer while they were patrolling a desert road leading to the Suez Canal. That attack came a day after a police officer died in another bombing claimed by the newly-formed terrorist group Ajnad Misr (Egyptian Soldiers).
The radical group told the Egyptian news media that they are waging war against police officials due to the government’s intense crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, which is now officially banned in that nation. So far, the Egyptian government claims more than 1,300 people have been killed and 16,000 were arrested.
Besides imprisonment, hundreds of Islamists have been tried in criminal court and sentenced to death by judges. Their insurgency is a threat to the security during the May 2014 presidential election, in which many expect former top Army officer, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, to beat his opponents.
Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is a popular retired field marshal who has vowed to destroy terrorist groups once he’s elected president of Egypt. In an effort to bring stability during the election cycle, President Barack Obama promised the Egyptian government that the United States will give the Egyptian security forces about a dozen Apache helicopters which were originally going to be given to President Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood official who was overthrown before the Apaches could be delivered.