Egyptian policemen, troops killed in clashes with militants

Egyptian policemen, troops killed in clashes with militants

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

Egypt has been struggling to contain an insurgency by Islamic militants led by an affiliate of the Islamic State group, centred mostly across the Suez Canal in the northern region of the Sinai Peninsula.

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

A number of suspected militants were also killed and security forces are searching the area, said reports. The group has claimed responsibility for several attacks around Cairo, targeting judges and police officers over the past year.

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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.

The Associated Press news agency quoted an Egyptian security official as saying the exchange of gunfire occurred in al-Wahat al-Bahriya, a district in the Giza governorate, about 135km from Cairo.

It also said that 13 policemen, including four officers and nine conscripts, were injured and one policeman was missing.

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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Meanwhile, security raids killed hundreds of militants and arrested a similar number of suspects as part of the country's anti-terror war.

He also called on officials to exert all possible efforts to capture the terrorist elements involved in the shootout. The Muslim Brotherhood denies this.

Egypt has been under a state of emergency since earlier in the year when IS militants launched a series of bombings and suicide attacks that killed scores of Coptic Christians.

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