A police officer was killed and three others injured Wednesday evening in an exchange of fire with a suspect they were pursuing in Arab Abu Karim village of Dairout, Assiut.
The police unit was chasing a dangerous convict who allegedly tried to attack a Dairout priest, investigators reported. The investigation did not specify what charges he had been convicted on.
The unit was waiting to arrest the man on a Dairout road when a barrage of bullets was fired toward the police vehicle. One of the injured officers is reportedly in critical condition.
The injured were taken to Assiut University Hospital, and a security cordon was set up around the village.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm