Egypt: 55 policemen killed in gunbattle with militants

Geneva Matthews
October 23, 2017

Police forces then launched an operation.

At least 54 Egyptian police officers were killed when a raid on a militant hideout outside of Cairo escalated into an all-out firefight, authorities said.

The statement added that the Interior Ministry's National Security Service received information about the location of unsafe militants taking shelter in the Western Desert's kilo 135, and then a raid was ordered to be launched.

Earlier reports said that 14 police officers were killed and eight others were injured during the clashes.

The sources said authorities were following a lead to an apartment thought to house eight suspected members of Hasm, a group which has claimed several attacks around the capital targeting judges and policemen since previous year.

More than 50 Egyptian security forces have died during a clash with Islamist militants in the Western Desert.

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

But, according to a security source, their convoy came under attack by militants using rocket-propelled grenades and explosive devices. However, the group did not claim any affiliation to the Muslim Brotherhood.

He also called on officials to exert all possible efforts to capture the terrorist elements involved in the shootout.

Morsi was elected as Egypt's first civilian president in 2012, but the army overthrew him a year later following mass protests against his rule.

The armed group staging the campaign later pledged allegiance to ISIL in 2014.

Terror attacks in Egypt used to be centered in North Sinai before spreading nationwide and killing hundreds of policemen and soldiers over the past few years.

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