CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Suspected Muslim extremists attacked a police car in southern Egypt on Tuesday, killing two security officers, police said.

The attack took place in Mallawi, 160 miles south of Cairo. The attackers, who were armed with automatic rifles, fled after stealing the automatic rifle of one of the victims.

Muslim militants seeking to overthrow the government have targeted police, members of Egypt's Coptic Christian minority and foreign tourists. More than 450 people have been killed in the 2 1/2 -year campaign of violence, most of them police and suspected extremists in southern Egypt.

The militants moved their center of activities to Mallawi several months ago after police cracked down on extremist hideouts in neighboring Assiut.

The two dead men were identified as policeman Abdel-Rahman Adham and Ali Abdel-Hakam, an army conscript. Egyptian men in the national army are sometimes assigned to police duty.