Policemen Killed In Clashes With Terrorists In Egypt

Policemen Killed In Clashes With Terrorists In Egypt

"A number of policemen" were killed in the operation, said the Egyptian interior ministry but did not reveal the exact casualty figures from the confrontation.

The gunbattle took place at the al-Wahat al-Bahriya area in Giza governorate.

BBC reported that more than 50 police officers were killed during clashes, while local media said 35 citing security sources.

Sources had said late on Friday at least 30 police were killed.

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"We learned with sorrow that yesterday (Oct. 20) many security forces who have been attacked by terrorists in the city of Giza in Egypt have lost their lives and were wounded", a statement said.

Egypt has been battling an insurgency since 2013 when the military deposed Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, in a coup.

Militant group Hasm is said to have links with the Islamic State.

The security forces are understood to have gone into the desert following a tip-off about a possible hideout.

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The Muslim Brotherhood, once Egypt's largest opposition movement, has long denied involvement in the attacks on the authorities.

Egypt has been fighting against a wave of terror activities that killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the military toppled former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

Terror attacks in Egypt used to be centered in North Sinai before spreading nationwide and killing hundreds of policemen and soldiers over the past few years. The group has claimed attacks around Cairo targeting judges and police.

He also called on officials to exert all possible efforts to capture the terrorist elements involved in the shootout.

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