Published: Sat, October 21, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Egyptian police, troops die in clashes with Islamists

Egyptian police, troops die in clashes with Islamists

More than a dozen Egyptian police officers have been killed in a shoot-out during a raid on a suspected hideout of fighters in the country's Western desert, security sources say.

Police reportedly came under attack with rocket-propelled grenades on their way to a hideout used the Hasm militant group.

According to the publication, the exchange of gunfire occurred on Friday in the al-Wahat al-Bahrija in the Giza governorate, about 135 kilometers from the Egyptian capital.

A raid by Egyptian security forces has left at least 30 police officers dead.

An interior ministry statement confirmed the incident and said some of the attackers had died, without giving any figures for casualties or further details.

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Since the army removed President Mohamed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood, extremist groups have increased their attacks on the country's military and police.

He too said eight other security personnel were wounded in the attack.

The Brotherhood, once Egypt's largest opposition movement, has long denied involvement in violence.

The militant group staging the insurgency pledged allegiance to Islamic State in 2014.

A number of suspected militants were also killed during the shootout on Saturday (NZ time) and security forces are combing the area, a statement by the Interior Ministry said.

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