At Least 35 Egyptian Police Killed in Shootout with Militants

Published October 21st, 2017 - 10:00 GMT
A police checkpoint in Egypt's Sinai, where a number of Islamist attacks have taken place in recent months (file photo)
A police checkpoint in Egypt's Sinai, where a number of Islamist attacks have taken place in recent months (file photo)

Multiple Egyptian police officers died Friday in a shootout with militants in the country's Western desert, security officials said.

Egypt's Interior Ministry said the raid happened after security officials learned of a group of militants hiding in the Giza province near Cairo. Militants began firing at the officers as they approached the location.

The ministry said only that "a number" of officers died, though Voice of America reported the death toll was 14. AFP later reported as many as 35 had been killed, citing security and medical sources.

According to one report, the militants were members of Islamist militant group Hasm, which has claimed responsibility for attacks over the past year in Egypt.

The ministry said militants also died in the shootout.

This article has been edited by Al Bawaba from its original version

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