The officers were travelling in a minivan in the Helwan district when they were ambushed, the ministry announced.

Gunmen blocked their path using a pick up truck and then sprayed the vehicle with automatic rifle fire.

It is not known who was responsible but Islamic State has killed hundreds of police in terror attacks, mostly in the Sinai peninsula and in some tourist haunts.

The ministry said those killed included a lieutenant and seven lower ranking officers.



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