Egyptian police kill 10 suspected militants in raids near Cairo

Saul Bowman
September 12, 2017

Militants detonated a roadside bomb near the town of el-Arish, reportedly destroying three armoured vehicles and a fourth with signal-jamming equipment.

An initial report by Egypt's official Middle East News agency said nine suspected militants were killed and five policemen injured in the shoot-out.

At least 26 Egyptian soldiers were killed or wounded on July 7, 2017, in attacks on checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula.

On Sunday, police said they stormed a militant hideout in a Greater Cairo district, killing 10 suspected militants and seizing a cache of weapons.

One of the security sources said authorities suspect the individuals to be members of Hasm, a group which has claimed several attacks around the Egyptian capital targeting judges and policemen since past year.

The attack took place about 30km west of el-Arish in northern Sinai, the epicentre of a long-running rebellion now led by an ISIL affiliate.

In March, the military said militants killed 10 soldiers during an army raid in Sinai's central region.

Directly after this attack, security forces launched intensive operations to arrest any IS members in Cairo and those who show affiliation to the group. The apartments were allegedly occupied by members of a militant cell planning terror attacks in the capital.

A high-ranking source in the Egyptian Internal Ministry said that police killed nine terrorists in the operation, while five police officers were wounded, the local media reported.

Terrorist attacks, mainly targeting police and military, increased after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule. Police said the militants had sneaked into Cairo from the volatile northern Sinai.

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