Egypt: 14 policemen killed in shootout

23 October, 2017, 04:24 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Police officers were killed in the shootout

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.

"A number of policemen" were killed in the operation, said the Egyptian interior ministry but did not reveal the exact casualty figures from the confrontation.

The interior ministry said on Saturday the shootout lasted for hours after security forces attempted to raid a hideout of terrorists, who were armed with heavy weapons.

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 past year.

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Earlier in the day, Egyptian media outlets had reported that at least 16 policemen had lost their lives after they attacked a terrorist cell in al-Wahat Road in Giza.

Interior Ministry said that a number of policemen were killed and injured, and some terrorists also died in the ensuing crossfire.

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

Two security sources said eight security personnel were injured in the clashes, while another source said that four of the injured were police officers and four others were suspected fighters. The Muslim Brotherhood denies the charge.

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Egypt has been battling an insurgency since 2013 when the military deposed Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, in a coup.

In their statements, none of the militant groups claim any affiliation to the Muslim Brotherhood.

It is blamed for the killing of hundreds of soldiers and policemen and has started to target other areas, including Egypt's Christian Copts.

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