CAIRO – 21 October 2017: Security forces in the Ministry of Interior established control over the kilo 135 area, which witnessed clashes with militants in Wahat in the Western Desert in the early hours of Saturday.
The militants took kilo 135area as a shelter for their training, hiding and preparing for terrorist attacks, exploiting its difficult geographical nature to perform attacks.
Intensive security presence in the attack area
AFP monitored in photos the intensive security presence in the attack area, where a lot of armored police vehicles and ambulances are located on Wahat Road.
The Interior Ministry released in a statement that the Interior Ministry’s National Security Service received information about the location of dangerous militants taking shelter in the Western Desert’s kilo 135, and then a raid was ordered to be launched.
Spread of security forces on Wahat Road
The Interior Minister confirmed that the security forces are now combing the area and chasing the remaining attackers, indicating that 17 security officers were killed and 13 were injured.
The Interior Ministry added that the clashes lasted for hours, which led to the killing of 15 militants.
Armored police vehicles and ambulances on Wahat Road
The statement concluded by asserting the Interior Ministry’s solidified determination to eradicate terrorism and dry out its breeding grounds and hotbeds, urging media outlets to validate information and tip-offs before broadcast to avoid unwanted repercussions.
Spread of armored police vehicles on Wahat Road