CAIRO (AP) — Twenty-five police officers have been given a funeral with full military honors in Egypt.
They were shot and killed earlier today by suspected Islamic militants who ambushed the two minibuses carrying the off-duty policemen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. The attackers forced the men to lie in the sand, and then shot them. A police official says the attackers first checked the IDs of the men, to make sure they were policemen.
At the funeral, the coffins -- draped in Egyptian flags -- were jointly carried by army soldiers and policemen in a show of solidarity. The country's interim president declared a nationwide state of mourning.
Despite the violence, Cairo has begun to regain a sense of normalcy. But the capital remains under a state of emergency, and there is still a dusk-to-dawn curfew.
Daytime traffic was back to its normal congested levels today, and stores were open. Government employees returned to work. Banks, which operated only during the morning hours, were told to remain open for an additional hour tomorrow.
163-c-09-(Aya Batrawy (AY'-uh buh-TRAH'-wee), AP correspondent)-"during the uprising"-AP correspondent Aya Batrawy reports the violence has the entire country on edge. (19 Aug 2013)
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133-c-20-(Hamza Hendawi, AP correspondent)-"in northern Sinai"-AP correspondent Hamza Hendawi reports the killing of policemen in the Sinai Peninsula could open the door to a wider crackdown on militants. (19 Aug 2013)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Friends and relatives of Ammar Badie, carry the coffin while attending his funeral, Katameya district, Cairo, Egypt, on texture, partial graphic (19 Aug 2013)
APPHOTO KH110: Egyptian military and policemen carry coffins, covered with national flags, containing the bodies of off-duty policemen who were killed near the border town of Rafah, North Sinai, upon their arrival at Almaza military airport, Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Islamic militants on Monday ambushed two mini-buses carrying off-duty policemen in the northern region of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing more than two dozen of them execution-style in a brazen daylight attack that deepens the turmoil roiling the country and underscores the volatility of the strategic region. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) (19 Aug 2013)
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