Egypt is still investigating Friday’s attack in Giza just south of Cairo. Gunmen targeted a police vehicle and killed five officers. While analysts say security forces are increasingly being targeted, they also say there’s been an improvement in security in the country.An ambush on a police car on a weekend Friday morning. No group has claimed responsibly yet, but the attack carries the hallmarks of “Hasm” a group affiliated to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Hasm and other terrorist groups have been targeting security forces since the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood from power in a 2013 uprising. .“Always the enemy of terrorism is the security man who aims to protect civilians. Therefore his direct enemy is the terrorist who targets police forces. If they succeed in weakening security forces in all their forms, naturally extremism would prevail and control the people,” said Mohamed Al Behery of Al Masry Al Youm News.The timing is also a factor. This is the third attack on security forces in the last 10 days.“When the pressure has been mounting on terrorist groups such as ISIL and it’s affiliates in Syria and Iraq, the number of attacks increases in Sinai,” added Al Behery.“When we put pressure on them in Sinai, they had to increase operations to raise their moral and prove the group is not dead… this is only proof that the security crackdown in Sinai has been effective.”In spite of the latest surge, statistics show there has been a major improvement in the security situation in Egypt.The war on terrorism continues in Egypt. There might be losses along the way but the government says it is adamant on eradicating the terrorist groups from the country.
There were some technical issues to sort out, but Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, also needed to get into his Blitzboks’ heads this week in preparation for the Australian leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series.The team has been drawn in Pool B in the Sydney Sevens, where they will face Argentina, France and Samoa at Parramatta’s Bankwest Stadium.The award-winning coach – who is the only person who has won the World Series as a player and as a coach – reminded his charges this week of their abilities and the significance of trusting in their systems following a disappointing 10th place finish last weekend in the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton.This result was their worst in years.“The most important thing was getting the confidence back up again,” Powell admitted.“The guys were hurt and even insecure following our showing in Hamilton.”Powell is highly respected and believes he has pulled the right strings with the squad, who won the opening tournament in Dubai and were losing finalists in Cape Town.“It was just re-aligning everyone so that every player trusts the system again,” said Powell. “The system has brought us much success in the past, so there is nothing wrong there. It was the execution and adherence to the roles within it which proved costly for us.“There were hard words to individuals, but restoring trust was the main thing and getting rid of the fear of failure.”He added: “There were technical issues, like not winning restarts, conceding kick-offs and skew line-out throws, which were small things that gave away possession to our opponents, and we then had to defend, which tires you out.”The Blitzboks were also found out by the new tournament format, which saw them being knocked out of Cup contention after just two pool games, and Powell is wary of falling in the same trap this weekend.“Each match is a knock-out game, so we needed to change the mindset even more,” Powell said. “We looked at the stats and analysed that earlier in the week, and now the focus is only on Argentina. It is almost like 15’s rugby where you have only one opponent and you prepare accordingly.“Argentina are pretty strong and they played well in New Zealand, so we need to make sure we are up for it. Individually we need to make sure we are at our best, and as a team, we need to trust the system, and it will look after us.”The Argentina clash kicks off at 03:41 (SA time) on Saturday.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.
Jim Mooney of Back Pages will perform solo on acoustic guitar with vocals, 7-10 p.m. Thursday at All Corked Up, 26340 Diamond Place, Santa Clarita. Call (661) 799-7979. Valley Industrial Association annual business awards, 6 p.m. Friday at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Call Kathy Norris at (661) 294-8088. “Proof” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. River Rally Clean Up and Environmental Expo, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Newhall Community Center, 22421 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 286-4098. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleRun For the Health of It and Healthy Baby Expo, 8 a.m. Saturday at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-8082. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Theatrical Teas and Silent Auction will benefit Circle of Hope, noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at a private home in Santa Clarita. Tickets: $50. Call (661) 254-5218. Cow Chip Championship and deep pit barbecue will benefit the Sertoma Club, 1-6 p.m. Saturday at the Leona Valley Community Center, 8367 Elizabeth Lake Road, Leona Valley. Tickets: $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Call (661) 270-0588. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!