At least 30 police officers dead in Egyptian desert shootout

Cheryl Sanders
October 21, 2017

Firefights with the Hasm militant group south of Cairo continued into darkness.

At least 16 policemen, including 14 officers were killed and six others injured during clashes with terrorists in Egypt's Giza city, officials said.

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

As of nightfall, Egypt's state television said the attack was still going on.

The small group Hasm has claimed multiple attacks since 2016 on police, officials and judges in Cairo.

The firefight occurred as police were attempting to raid "a terrorist elements' hideout" in the Bahariya Oasis, located in the desert approximately 370 kilometers (more than 220 miles) southwest of Cairo.

He too said eight other security personnel were wounded in the attack. The Muslim Brotherhood denies this allegation.

A raid by Egyptian security forces has left at least 30 police officers dead.

An Islamist insurgency has grown in Egypt since the military overthrew President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.

The country has been under a state of emergency since bombings and suicide attacks targeting minority Coptic Christians killed scores earlier this year.

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