Saturday, 18 November, 2017

18 dead after military convoy attacked in Egypt's Sinai

Nine terrorists killed in Egypt Egyptian police kill 10 suspected militants in raids near Cairo
Saul Franklin | 12 September, 2017, 00:39

The assailants, whose identities were not yet known, later opened fire at survivors and commandeered a police pickup truck. The firefight led to the death of both of the militants, according to the statement.

Five policemen, including three officers, were also injured in the shootout, he said.

Egypt has been fighting a jihadist insurgency and series of terror attacks took place mainly targeting security forces since the army overthrew then-President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

A day earlier, nine suspected terrorists were killed in a shootout in Egypt's third largest city Giza, home to the legendary Great Pyramids and the Sphinx.

Directly after this attack, security forces launched intensive operations to arrest any IS members in Cairo and those who show affiliation to the group.

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The premises, where the sect chief lived, known as the " gufa " (cave), is itself spread over an area of almost 100 acres. The local administration had banned mobile Internet services , including SMSes, in Sirsa district till September 10.

Meanwhile, local media reported that a number of terrorists were killed in fire exchange after the blast. The five had in their possession different types of guns in various areas of Cairo including El Marg, Ain Shams and Al-Salam. During a firefight, wounding four employees of ambulance crews.

Police seized automatic rifles, bullets and a field glass inside the raided apartments. Hundred of security forces have been killed as well as hundreds of militants.

Police found in the two apartments bomb-making materials, assault rifles and ammunition as well as maps of vital state installations and computers in which instructions and details of future attacks were stored, they said.

One source said authorities received a tip off about the hideouts of the individuals, who they suspect of being members of Hasm, a group which has claimed several attacks around the Egyptian capital targeting judges and policemen since past year.

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