Five top militants killed in security raids in Egypt

Five "most dangerous jihadis" were killed during a security raid in Egypt's restive northern al-Sharqiya governorate, officials said.

Cairo: Five "most dangerous jihadis" were killed during a security raid in Egypt's restive northern al-Sharqiya governorate, officials said.

The militants were members of a terror group named Ansar Beit el-Maqdis in the country's Sinai region, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

They were involved in bombing buildings of the Military intelligence and Central Security sector in Ismailia and also accused of killing a policeman.

The raid targeted a farm in al-Sharqiya province where some members of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis were hiding, the statement said yesterday.

The militants, described by the Ministry as most dangerous jihadis, were killed during a fire exchange with the security forces which also left one police officer injured.

A cache of weapons, including explosives' belts for suicide attacks, a car laden with explosives, and bomb-making materials were seized from them.

Militant attacks, targeting police and the Army, increased after the ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi last year.

Over 500 security personnel have been reportedly killed since then.

 

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