10 al­leged mil­i­tants killed in large-scale Giza raid

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At least 10 al­leged mil­i­tants were killed in clashes with po­lice forces on Sun­day dur­ing a se­cu­rity raid on a num­ber of sus­pected hide­outs in three crowded neigh­bour­hoods of Giza, Ard Al-Lewa, Al-Tal­byia, and AlAbyad Street.

Five po­lice­men, three of­fi­cers and two sol­diers, were in­jured dur­ing what is thought to be an ex­change of fire.The in­jured per­son­nel were hos­pi­talised in a nearby po­lice af­fil­i­ated hos­pi­tal.

State me­dia re­ported that Pros­e­cu­tor-Gen­eral Na­bil Sadek or­dered of­fi­cials to start in­ves­ti­gat­ing the oper­a­tion, as well as ques­tion­ing the in­jured po­lice­men.

Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions, as pub­lished by state me­dia, said that the Na­tional Se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus re­ceived in­tel­li­gence about a hide­out where the al­leged mil­i­tants took refuge in a res­i­den­tial flat in Al-Abyad Street.

The of­fi­cial nar­ra­tive says that upon ap­proach­ing the hide­outs, an IED ex­ploded lead­ing to in­juries among po­lice mem­bers of the raid, and the killing of the mil­i­tants. Re­ports say that eight mil­i­tants were killed in Al-Abyad Street, while two mil­i­tants were killed in Ard Al-Lewa.

Me­dia re­ports say that the sus­pects were mem­bers of the mil­i­tant group of Hasm, an en­tity whom Egypt’s po­lice have been fight­ing since the be­gin­ning of 2016.The lat­est ma­jor at­tack by Hasm was the Tanta bomb­ing on 1 April, which took place near a se­cu­rity forces train­ing camp. The at­tack killed one lower-rank­ing po­lice of­fi­cer. Twelve other po­lice of­fi­cers and two civil­ians were wounded.

Dozens al­leged mem­bers of the group have been killed in clashes with po­lice forces.

In July, the Min­istry of In­te­rior said that it killed four al­leged mil­i­tants in an ex­change of fire in 6th of Oc­to­ber City. Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry, the al­leged mil­i­tants were be­long­ing to Hasm.

In Au­gust 2016, the group said it was be­hind the failed as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt of for­mer Grand Mufti Ali Go­maa. In Oc­to­ber of the same year, the group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for an at­tempt to as­sas­si­nate as­sis­tant Gen­eral-Pros­e­cu­tor Zakareya Ab­del Aziz in New Cairo.The at­tack, ex­e­cuted by a car bomb, left one civil­ian in­jured, whileAb­delAziz sur­vived the at­tempt.

In the same year, supreme army leader Adel Ra­gaai was shot in front of his res­i­dence lo­cated in Al-Obour City, where mil­i­tants driv­ing a black pri­vate ve­hi­cle opened fire on him. Two bul­lets pierced his head.A group called “Le­waa El Thawra” claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the oper­a­tion.

More­over, the group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity in De­cem­ber 2016 for a bomb­ing in Giza that claimed the lives of six po­lice per­son­nel and in­jured three oth­ers.

Although the mil­i­tant in­sur­gency has been pre­dom­i­nantly ac­tive in North Si­nai, mil­i­tant at­tacks tar­get­ing pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties, as well as po­lice and army fa­cil­i­ties and per­son­nel, have spilled out of the restive penin­sula, of­ten in the form of drive-by shoot­ings and IED at­tacks.

The of­fi­cial nar­ra­tive says that upon ap­proach­ing the hide­outs, an IED ex­ploded lead­ing to in­juries among po­lice mem­bers of the raid, and the killing of the mil­i­tants

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