Cairo – At least 10 terrorists were killed on Sunday during a security raid in Giza province near Cairo, according to Egyptian police.
A security source reported that the clashes also resulted in the injury of nine policemen, including three officers.
Egyptian Interior Ministry issued a statement saying that the terrorists were extremist elements escaping from North Sinai province and hiding in two apartments in Giza’s Ard al-Liwaa district in preparation for carrying out a number of terror operations.
“Fire exchange with eight militants in the first apartment led to killing of them and shootout in the other apartment killed two,” said the statement, noting that the gunfire was started by the militants and continued for four hours. One of them threw an explosive device at the forces but it blew him off, it added.
The ministry stated that they discovered in the first apartment two machine guns, a dagger, and 5800 Egyptian pounds. Different types of ammunition were seized during the raid, also.
The statement identified six militants: Akram al-Amir Salem Mohammed Hareb, 38, Amer Ramadan Ibrahim al-Dib, 23, and both are wanted in national security cases, in addition to: Moaz Ahmed Yehya Ahmed, 22, Hamzah Hicham Hussein Ibrahim, 22, Sharif Lotfi Khalik Abdulaziz, 43, Khalil Sayyid Khalil Ahmed, 27.
The ministry didn’t state the organization to which the terrorists belong.
In other news, Cairo Criminal Court set September 25 as the day for the retrial of several Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including Morse and Mohammed Badi. They are trialed for crimes of espionage for foreign countries and organizations as well as revealing national security secrets and coordinating with several armed violent organizations inside and outside Egypt. The delay was decided after the court announced it was difficult to bring the defendants from jail.
In June 2015, Cairo’s court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders Khairat al-Shater, Mohammed al-Beltagi and Ahmed Abdul al-Ati to death along with 13 other members.