Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar - File photo
CAIRO – 30 December 2017: The Egyptian National Security managed to kill three members of the Hasm movement and arrest ten others in a raid at a terrorist hideout on Giza Road, the Ministry of Interior declared on Saturday.
The arrested suspects were remanded for 15 days.
According to the ministry, members of the Hasm movement, one of the armed wings of the Muslim Brotherhood, was planning to carry out a series of attacks against tourism facilities, vital installations and armed forces during the celebrations of Christmas events. The Interior Ministry declared that these attack plans aimed to create instability and cause confusion in the state.
The security plan to abort the attack resulted in identifying a farm, located on Giza Road, used by the militant elements to hide and manufacture explosives. The security personnel raided the farm and exchanged fire with the terrorists, leaving three member of the Hasm movement, who supervised the manufacturing of explosives, killed. The terrorists had three automatic rifles, two explosive devices and ammunition.
The raid by the security forces resulted in the arrest of ten terrorists, who are members of the Hasm movement. The security information proved that those arrested terrorists were involved in the shooting incident at the security booth on Fayoum Road on July 20, 2017, which resulted in the death of a recruiter and the injury of another person.
It was revealed that the terrorists received training on the use of weapons and preparation of explosive devices. They also monitored several tourist facilities and security installations in preparation for an attack during the New Year’s celebrations, upon orders of the fugitive Muslim Brotherhood leader in Turkey, Yahya al-Sayyid Ibrahim Musa. The legal proceedings were taken immediately and the Supreme State Security Prosecution began investigations.