At Least 52 Officers and Conscripts Killed in Egypt Gun Battle

Saul Bowman
October 23, 2017

Medics and security sources gave a death toll of 54 among police.

The Ministry of Interior said in a statement late yesterday that a number of policemen were killed and injured, and some terrorists also died in the ensuing crossfire.

The interior minister confirmed that the security forces are now combing the area and chasing the remaining attackers, urging media outlets to validate information and tip-offs before broadcast to avoid unwanted repercussions.

According to a source close to the security services, the convoy was hit by rocket fire.

The number of dead was expected to rise, the sources said. The Muslim Brotherhood denies this.

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.

Analysts say a section of the Brotherhood has encouraged armed assaults against the police.

Al-Arabiya correspondent in Cairo reported on Friday that 16 security forces personnel were killed in clashes with militants in Giza, southwest Cairo. The group has claimed responsibility for several attacks around Cairo, targeting judges and police officers over the past year.

No militant group immediately claimed involvement in Friday's shootout. The military has launched security campaigns in Egypt's restive North Sinai province, arrested suspects and demolished houses that belong to terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.

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

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