Published: Sat, October 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Fourteen Egyptian police killed in shootout with militants

Fourteen Egyptian police killed in shootout with militants

The militants opened fire on the group - a mix of police and armed forces - during a raid on their hideout near the Bahariya oasis, south-west of Cairo, the Interior Ministry said.

The official says the exchange of gunfire took place on Friday in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya district in the Giza governorate, about 135 kilometers, or 84 miles, from the Egyptian capital.

The police said a number of militants were also killed during the shootout, but didn't release any figures about the deaths either of militants or of police.

No militant group immediately claimed involvement in Friday's shootout.

Two security sources said eight security personnel were injured in the clashes, while another source said that four of the injured were police and four others suspected terrorists.

But, according to a security source, their convoy came under attack by militants using rocket-propelled grenades and explosive devices. The Muslim Brotherhood denies the charge.

The terrorist group staging the insurgency pledged allegiance to Islamic State in 2014.

We will remind, earlier it was reported that in attacks on a military Outpost in the Northern Sinai (Egypt) killed at least 24 militants and six soldiers and at least 20 soldiers were wounded.

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