‘A number of police’ killed in shootout with militants in Egypt’s Western Desert – Ministry

Egypt21/10/2017 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Egypt’s interior ministry has said “a number of policemen” were killed during a shootout following a raid on “a terrorist elements’ hideout” in Egypt’s Western Desert on Friday. The raid took place after the police national security unit was informed of the hideout, located in Bahariya Oasis, a large area of 135 square kilometres, approximately 370 km from the capital. According to the statement, the shootout took place when the forces were attempting to raid the hideout, leading to an exchange of fire initiated by the militants. 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. However, a security source told Al-Ahram Arabic news website earlier on Friday that at least 14 policemen were killed in the incident, while eight others were injured…

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/280120/Egypt/Politics-/UPDATE–A-number-of-police-killed-in-shootout-with.aspx

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