At Least 52 Officers and Conscripts Killed in Egypt Gun Battle

Posted October 23, 2017

The security sources put the death toll of policemen, including officers and conscripts, at over 50.

Militants of Velayat Sinai, a local affiliate of the ISIS Takfiri terrorist group, still target security forces in the restive Sinai Peninsula while they continue to pose threats to the Coptic Christians in other provinces. The group has claimed responsibility for several attacks around Cairo, targeting judges and police officers over the past year.

In response to the latest bloodshed Egyptian security forces appeared to step up their operations in the area of the attack. Clashes erupted when they tried to arrest them and they exchanged fire.

The exchange of gunfire took place on Friday in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya district in the Giza governorate, about 135 kilometers, from the Egyptian capital.

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

Egypt accuses Hasm of being a militant wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group it outlawed in 2013 after bloody crackdown and military coup.

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A convoy of four 4x4 vehicles and one interior ministry vehicle was ambushed from higher ground by the fighters firing rocket-propelled grenades and detonating explosive devices, a senior source in the Giza Security Office said.

He also called on officials to exert all possible efforts to capture the terrorist elements involved in the shootout. However, the group did not claim any affiliation to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Morsi was elected as Egypt's first civilian president in 2012, but the army overthrew him a year later following mass protests against his rule.

Egypt has been under a state of emergency since April when a twin church attack killed scores.

The armed group staging the campaign later pledged allegiance to ISIL in 2014.