Egyptian police officers killed in shootout in Giza

Trevor Jackson
October 23, 2017

At least 54 Egyptian police officers were killed in an ambush by militants near the Bahariya oasis in the country's Western Desert, security and medical sources said Saturday, in a rare flare-up outside the Sinai Peninsula.

The ministry said in a statement that 15 terrorists were either killed or injured in the armed clash, adding that 13 policemen and officers were also injured.

The agency, citing an unnamed security official, said that a number of militants were killed but gave no further details.

Security sources on Friday said authorities were following a lead to a militant camp in the desert where eight suspected members of Hasm Movement were believed to be hiding.

Hasm is a group that has claimed several attacks around Cairo targeting judges and policemen since past year.

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The interior minister confirmed that the security forces are now combing the area and chasing the remaining attackers, urging media outlets to validate information and tip-offs before broadcast to avoid unwanted repercussions. Clashes erupted when they tried to arrest them and they exchanged fire.

Officials said, the policemen were killed in exchange of fire with the terrorists in el-Wahat desert in Giza yesterday.

Egypt has suffered attacks by various other groups since the coup of 2013 that many say was orchestrated by the then army chief and current president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

No militant group immediately claimed involvement in Friday's shootout. However, the group did not claim any affiliation to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt has been under a state of emergency since earlier in the year when IS militants launched a series of bombings and suicide attacks that killed scores of Coptic Christians.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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