Nine suspected terrorists killed in shootout in Egypt

Violet Powell
September 12, 2017

Seven others were wounded in the attack, said security and military officials.

The assailants, whose identities were not yet known, later opened fire at survivors and commandeered a police pickup truck.

"With the approach of the security raid towards two apartments located at Ard El Lewaa district for the sake of arresting the IS members, the raid's force was met by shooting and one of the IS militants threw a bomb towards the forces, however it harmed him", the statement read. The wounded included a police brigadier general. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief media.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but authorities said that they bore the hallmarks of the Velayat Sinai, a local affiliate of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which pledged allegiance to Daesh in 2014, and usually carries out similar assaults against the government forces.

Unidentified security officials told Reuters that the attack took place near Arish, the capital of North Sinai province.

In December 2016, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi named the 22-year-old Mahmoud Shafiq as the suicide bomber who attacked a church attached to Egypt's main Coptic Church in Cairo, killing more than 25 people. In recent years there has also been a wave of attacks, mainly targeting security forces, blamed on a splinter faction of Morsi's banned Muslim Brotherhood group. "This was followed by a shootout between the police officers and the terrorists, resulting in the death and injury of several policemen". Police said the militants had sneaked into Cairo from the volatile northern Sinai.

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