Policemen Killed In Clashes With Terrorists In Egypt

16 Egyptian police officers killed in shootout in Giza

Three security sources said at least 52 police officers and conscripts had been killed in gun battles that erupted in the remote desert, but Egyptian authorities said only 16 men had died when their patrol came under attack.

In a press statement issued by Security Council President Francois Delattre, the council members expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and the government of Egypt, and wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.

A number of suspected militants were also killed and security forces are searching the area, said reports.

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 previous year.

An official statement said a number of the attackers were killed, but did not give any figures for losses on either side.

The attackers also used explosive devices.

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Egypt accuses Hasm of being a militant wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group it outlawed in 2013 after bloody crackdown and military coup.

The group has claimed responsibility for several attacks around Cairo, targeting judges and police officers over the past year.

The Muslim Brotherhood, once Egypt's largest opposition movement, has long denied involvement in the attacks on the authorities.

The military has launched security campaigns in Egypt's restive North Sinai province, arrested suspects and demolished houses that belong to terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.

Earlier this month, Sisi extended for a second time a state of emergency first declared after bombings claimed by IS in two churches that killed at least 45 people in April.

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