Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Egyptian security forces kill 10 suspected militants in Cairo

Egyptian security forces kill 10 suspected militants in Cairo

One source said authorities received a tip off about the hideouts of the individuals, who they suspect of being members of Hasm, a group which has claimed several attacks around the Egyptian capital targeting judges and policemen since a year ago.

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.

The militants detonated an improvised explosive device and destroyed four armored vehicles and a signal-jamming vehicle.

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Among those killed were two police lieutenants.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. It did not provide any casualty figures.

An insurgency led by ISIS in Egypt's rugged Sinai peninsula has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen since the Egyptian military overthrew President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in mid-2013, but attacks have increasingly moved to the mainland in recent months.

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The attack illustrates how hard it is for the government to crush a militant campaign that has withstood a four-year crackdown. The apartments were allegedly occupied by members of a militant cell planning terror attacks in the capital.

Nine policemen, including four officers, were injured during the two raids, it said in a statement. Police said the militants had sneaked into Cairo from the volatile northern Sinai.

In Monday's attack, the police convoy was travelling along the road between el-Arish and Qantara when a suspect vehicle tried to break through it, according to an interior ministry statement.

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The Sinai Peninsula borders Israel and the Gaza Strip.

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