Minister of Magdy Abdel Ghaffar - File Photo
CAIRO - 15 July 2017: Two members of "Hasm" militant group were killed on Saturday in a shootout with security forces in Giza and Ismailia governorates.
The two were responsible for providing improvised explosive devices to the terrorist group, according to a statement by the ministry of Interior.
The ministry’s statement added that the security forces also killed four militants during a shootout in Ismailia, earlier on Saturday.
The statement added that the security forces received information from the National Security Service that terrorists from the “Hasm” militant group in the Giza governorate were planning to carry out a terrorist attack.
The security forces spotted the terrorists and killed them following an armed confrontation. Furthermore, the security forces seized Egyptian and foreign currencies, hatred speech brochures, and weapons and ammunition in the possession of the terrorists.
The “Hasm” militant group is an armed group reportedly associated with the Muslim Brotherhood and responsible for a number of terrorist attacks in Egypt. The attacks carried out by “Hasm” target security forces, including an attack in December 2016 on two security checkpoints in Al-Haram Street, which killed six security personnel and injured another three.
Since 2013, state security forces, represented by both the army and the police, have been engaged in violent clashes with an Islamist insurgency in parts of the North Sinai governorate.
The Islamist insurgency has killed hundreds of Egyptian security forces, predominately in North Sinai. The army also announced it has killed hundreds of militants.
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