Ten Suspected Militants Killed by Egyptian Forces in Cairo Raids

Trevor Jackson
September 12, 2017

One of the security sources said authorities suspect the individuals to be members of Hasm, a group which has claimed several attacks around the Egyptian capital targeting judges and policemen since past year.

The statement added that the IS militants fled from North Sinai to Cairo to hide and prepare to carry out terrorist attacks in Greater Cairo.

At least 18 Egyptian security personnel were killed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Monday when their vehicles struck a series of roadside bombs, according to local security sources.

They then opened fire with machine guns at survivors of the blast.

Two police lieutenants were among the dead.

At least 18 policemen were killed in a militant ambush in Egypt's Sinai.

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Hasm has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks on security forces during the past year. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.

The attack took place about 30 kilometers (nearly 19 miles) west of al-Arish in northern Sinai, the epicenter of a long-running insurgency now led by the terrorist group.

The attack illustrates how hard it is for the government to crush a militant campaign that has withstood a four-year crackdown. Police said the militants had sneaked into Cairo from the volatile northern Sinai.

The attacks, mainly targeting police and the military, increased after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by the army following protests against his rule. Five policemen, including three officers, were also injured in the shootout.

Egyptian police on Sunday raided two adjacent apartments used as hideouts by members of a splinter faction of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, killing 10 of them in a shootout, according to security officials.

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