At least sixteen police officers killed in shoot-out in Egypt's Western desert -security sources
(Updates number of fatalities, adds details, adds more accurate
CAIRO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - At least sixteen police officers
were killed in a shoot-out during a raid on a suspected militant
hideout in Egypt's Western desert, two security sources said on
The sources said authorities were following a lead to an
apartment thought to house eight suspected members of Hasm, a
group which has claimed several attacks around the capital
targeting judges and policemen since last year.
The number of dead was expected to rise, the sources said.
The suspected militants tried to flee after the exchange of
fire there, the sources said, and continued to fire at a second
security unit called in for backup from atop neighboring
The sources said the suspected militants also used explosive
devices in the attack.
Two security sources said 8 security personnel were injured
in the clashes, while another source said that four of the
injured were police officers and four others were suspected
Egypt accuses Hasm of being a militant wing of the Muslim
Brotherhood, an Islamist group it outlawed in 2013. The Muslim
Brotherhood denies this.
An Islamist insurgency in the Sinai peninsula has grown
since the military overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the
Muslim Brotherhood in mid-2013 following mass protests against
The militant group staging the insurgency pledged allegiance
to Islamic State in 2014. It is blamed for the killing of
hundreds of soldiers and policemen and has started to target
other areas, including Egypt's Christian Copts.
(Reporting by Ahmed Mohamed Hassan; Writing by Nadine Awadalla;
Editing by Toby Chopra)
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