Egypt po­lice traps and kills top mil­i­tants

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

Cairo, Egypt - Egyp­tian po­lice killed three top mil­i­tants in two sep­a­rate op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing two caught try­ing to move to a new hide­out on Cairo’s out­skirts, the gov­ern­ment said late on Tues­day.

The In­te­rior Min­istry said the two mil­i­tants killed in New Cairo were se­nior mem­bers of the Hasam group - an ex­trem­ist move­ment the gov­ern­ment ac­cuses of links to the out­lawed Mus­lim Broth­er­hood.

The third man, a ex­trem­ist who was gunned down in the restive North Si­nai prov­ince, was a leader of a mili­tia af­fil­i­ated with the Is­lamic State group, the min­istry said in a sep­a­rate state­ment.

In the first op­er­a­tion, au­thor­i­ties had acted af­ter learn­ing that some of Hasam’s lead­ers were about to move ‘equip­ment and weapons’ to a new hide­out in New Cairo, out­side the cap­i­tal’s ring road, the min­istry said.

Se­cu­rity forces set up check­points on roads to the area and as forces ap­proached a sus­pect car, ‘its pas­sen­gers opened fire’ on po­lice and were killed in re­tal­ia­tory fire.

The two were iden­ti­fied as stu­dents aged 24 and 21 who were ‘among the most prom­i­nent lead­ers in the Hasam ter­ror­ist group’, the min­istry said.

In the ve­hi­cle, po­lice found seven au­to­matic weapons, two other firearms, a large amount of am­mu­ni­tion, masks and ra­dio equip­ment.

The min­istry did not say when the shootout took place, but said the group had been plan­ning to move lo­ca­tions on Tues­day.

The mil­i­tants who died were said to have been be­hind at­tacks in­clud­ing a shootout in early May in which three po­lice­men were killed and five wounded near the Cairo ring road.

The pair had car­ried out at­tacks on the or­ders of ‘their lead­ers who have fled abroad’, the min­istry said.

The gov­ern­ment says Hasam is linked to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood move­ment of former Is­lamist pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Morsi who was over­thrown by the army in 2013.

The mili­tia has pre­vi­ously claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for deadly at­tacks against se­cu­rity forces as well as as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempts tar­get­ing a pro-gov­ern­ment Mus­lim cleric and Egypt’s deputy pros­e­cu­tor gen­eral.

The group said on Twit­ter on Mon­day that it has killed 27 peo­ple from ‘mil­i­tary oc­cu­pa­tion mili­tias’, a ref­er­ence to Egypt’s se­cu­rity forces, since its launch a year ago.

Egypt has been fight­ing an in­sur­gency by an IS af­fil­i­ate which is based in North Si­nai prov­ince, where hun­dreds of sol­diers and po­lice­men have been killed since Morsi’s ouster.

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