All you need to know about Al Wahat militants



Sat, 28 Oct 2017 - 12:00 GMT


Sat, 28 Oct 2017 - 12:00 GMT

A terrorist hideout in the Western Desert - File photo

A terrorist hideout in the Western Desert - File photo

CAIRO – 28 October 2017: After a battle between Egyptian forces and militants on Friday, October 20, on Giza’s Al Wahat Road, which killed 17 security personnel, new clashes erupted between the two sides Friday. Thirteen militants were killed during the clashes, which took place along the Wadi Gadid-Wahat Road.

Egypt’s Interior Ministry followed the terrorists behind the attack of October 20, with the aim of eliminating them. Here is what you need to know about Al Wahat’s militants:

1. Al Wahat’s armed group was established with 13 militants

2. They used the military’s uniform to move about easily

3. The group was planning several terrorist attacks during the coming period

4. It aims to recruit other young people

5. Several explosive belts and weapons were found with them

6. The militants used sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and motorcycles to move within the western desert.

The October 20 clashes resulted in 17 officers and 15 militants killed.

Investigations into the shootout are underway, and a manhunt was launched to arrest the remaining perpetrators. Three days later, Egypt’s air force thwarted a new attempt to infiltrate the Western borders of the country, according to an official statement posted on Monday by the military spokesman Tamer El-Refai on Facebook.

Forces have destroyed eight SUVs loaded with smuggled weapons and ammunition across the Egyptian-Libyan border.



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