Egyptian police officers killed in shootout in Giza

Egyptian police officers killed in shootout in Giza

The security 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 targeting judges and police since previous year.

The policemen were killed in exchange of fire with the terrorists in el-Wahat desert in Giza yesterday, they said.

In a statement, the Egyptian Interior Ministry acknowledged Friday's operation but said the gun battle resulted in 16 policemen being killed and 13 injured.

However, it did not clarify on the number of casualties on both sides.

Authorities are fighting the Egyptian branch of the Islamic State group, which has increased its attacks killing hundred of soldiers and police in the north of the Sinai peninsula, more than 500 kilometres away from the latest violence.

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

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The ministry said that 15 militants were killed as security forces chased them into the desert after the clashes, adding that the search for suspects was continuing.

A fake claim in the name of the small extremist group Hasam, reported by multiple local media, had spread on social media soon after the shootout.

Earlier reports said that 14 police officers were killed and eight others injured during the clashes.

The Islamist insurgency in the Sinai peninsula has grown since the military overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in mid-2013 following mass protests against his rule.

People carry on Saturday the coffin of police captain Ahmed Fayez, who was killed in a raid about 84 miles southwest of Cairo.

The Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice and urged all states to cooperate actively with the Egyptian government and all relevant authorities in this regard.

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