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Egypt police raid Islamist stronghold near Cairo

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 21:54

Cairo: Egypt`s state TV says security forces have raided a village near the Giza Pyramids, west of Cairo, hunting for suspects in the brutal killing of 15 policemen last month.

The Tuesday security sweep of Nahya, a stronghold for Islamist groups, is the latest move by authorities to assert control over towns and villages seized by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi after his July 3 overthrow by the military.

The police officers were killed in the nearby village of Kerdasa, and their bodies mutilated, in apparent retaliation for an August 14 assault by the security forces on pro-Morsi protest camps that left hundreds dead.

Security forces reoccupied Kerdasa last week, arresting scores of suspects.

State TV showed security forces in body shields and masked special commandos searching suspects` home.


First Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 21:54

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