Sunday 24 June 2018

Militants kill at least 30 police officers in ambush

Islamist militants have launched several major attacks, most recently targeting churches in Cairo and other cities. Stock picture
Islamist militants have launched several major attacks, most recently targeting churches in Cairo and other cities. Stock picture

Ahmed Mohamed Hassan

Armed militants killed at least 30 police officers in a shootout during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in Egypt's Western desert, security sources said yesterday.

A number of suspected militants were also killed.

Egypt is facing an Islamist insurgency concentrated in the Sinai peninsula from two main groups, including an Isil affiliate that has killed hundreds of security forces since 2013.

Islamist militants have launched several major attacks, most recently targeting churches in Cairo and other cities.

Sources said authorities were following a lead to a hideout deep in the desert thought to house eight suspected members of Hasm, a group which has claimed several attacks around the capital since last year.

A convoy of four SUVs and one interior ministry vehicle was ambushed from higher ground by militants firing rocket-propelled grenades and detonating explosive devices, a senior source in the Giza Security Office said.

The number of dead was expected to rise, sources said.

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