Egypt po­lice kill 6 mil­i­tants in shootout

Times of Oman - - WORLD -

CAIRO: Egyp­tian po­lice killed six sus­pected mil­i­tants in a shootout early Satur­day in the coun­try’s south, the in­te­rior min­istry said. The clashes broke out dur­ing a po­lice raid on a mil­i­tant hide­out in a moun­tain­ous area on the edge of the south­ern prov­ince of So­hag, some 460km south of Cairo, the min­istry said in a state­ment. Po­lice seized weapons and am­mu­ni­tion, it added.

The op­er­a­tion is part of “the in­te­rior min­istry’s ef­forts to con­front ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions aim­ing to un­der­mine se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity” in Egypt, it said.

Egypt has been bat­tling an in­sur­gency fol­low­ing the 2013 ouster of Pres­i­dent Mo­hammed Morsi.

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