Fourteen Egyptian police killed in shootout with militants

Lester Mason
October 21, 2017

"According to Egyptian security officer, 14 police officers were killed during a firefight with insurgents in the South-West of Cairo", the statement reads.

The unnamed official said the shootout took place in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya district in the Giza governorate.

Dozens of Egyptian security personnel died Friday while raiding a suspected Islamist insurgency hideout in the country's western desert, Reuters reports.

Authorities were reportedly 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 a year ago.

The police said a number of militants were also killed during the shootout, but didn't release any figures about the deaths either of militants or of police.

The suspected fighters tried to flee after the exchange of fire there, the sources said, and continued to shoot at a second security unit called in for back-up from atop neighbouring buildings.

No terrorist group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

However, a security source told Al-Ahram Arabic news website earlier on Friday that at least 14 policemen were killed in the incident, while eight others were injured. The Muslim Brotherhood denies this.

But in recent months, the insurgency has intensified attacks in the mainland, often targeting minority Coptic Christians.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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