Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Egypt says police killed 10 suspected militants in Cairo

Egypt says police killed 10 suspected militants in Cairo

A high-ranking source in the Egyptian Internal Ministry said that police killed nine terrorists in the operation, while five police officers were wounded, the local media reported.

The suspected militants first opened fire at security force members, prompting them to respond, the ministry added on its official Facebook page.

In Monday's attack, the police convoy was travelling along the road between el-Arish and Qantara when a suspect vehicle tried to break through it, according to an interior ministry statement.

The security forces broke into an apartment in one of the neighborhood's residence building, where the suspects were hiding.

On Sunday, police said they stormed a militant hideout in a Greater Cairo district, killing 10 suspected militants and seizing a cache of weapons.

The Sunday shootout was the latest in a series of police raids targeting Hasm members.

An insurgency led by ISIS in Egypt's rugged Sinai peninsula has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen since the Egyptian military overthrew President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in mid-2013, but attacks have increasingly moved to the mainland in recent months.

In January, the police said they had arrested a terrorist cell formed by five people who adopt IS ideology.

Egypt's military and security forces have been battling various Islamist militant groups, mostly in North Sinai, though militants have carried out attacks elsewhere in the country.

Private newspaper al-Masry al-Youm, citing security sources, reported that the slain extremists were from the self-styled Hasm group, which authorities accuse of being the armed wing of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

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