Egypt: Hasm militants kill dozens of police after botched raid

Kristopher Drake
October 23, 2017

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.

In a statement released on Friday evening, Hasm claimed responsibility for killing 28 members of the country's police and security forces and wounding 32 others. At least 23 police officers were killed and the other victims were conscripts, the sources said.

A number of suspected fighters were also killed and security forces were continuing to comb the area, a statement by the interior ministry said. The group has claimed attacks around Cairo targeting judges and police.

In response to the latest bloodshed Egyptian security forces appeared to step up their operations in the area of the attack.

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

Earlier in the day, Egyptian media outlets had reported that at least 16 policemen had lost their lives after they attacked a terrorist cell in al-Wahat Road in Giza.

In their statements, none of the militant groups claim any affiliation to the Muslim Brotherhood.

A convoy of four 4x4 vehicles and one interior ministry vehicle was ambushed from higher ground by the fighters firing rocket-propelled grenades and detonating explosive devices, a senior source in the Giza Security Office said.

Egypt has been under a state of emergency since April when a twin church attack killed scores.

Terrorist attacks, mainly targeting police and military, increased after the ouster of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule.

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