A security personnel stands guard, during the forensics team investigation of a bombing in Alexandria, Egypt March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Fawzy Abdel Hamied. “
CAIRO – 28 May 2018: A member of Hasm movement was killed in an exchange of fire with Egyptian security forces near Wahat Road in 6 October City, Giza, a security source told Egypt Today Monday.
The Homeland Security sector had received information that terrorist elements would meet in the desert near the Wahat Road. After obtaining a permit from the Homeland Security prosecution, the prosecution combed the area and once attempted to approach a certain group of people, the group initiated the fire.
The group left behind the dead body of Ibrahim Mohamed Metwally, who had recently escaped from the police in Ismailia governorate on Saturday. He penetrated the fragile ceiling of a bathroom in Ismailia General Hospital, where he was being treated during his 10-year jail time, starting from 2014.
Metwally, 27, was sentenced for perpetrating terrorist operations and was considered one of Hasm’s main armed cadres.
A machinegun 7.62x39 mm with a folding stock, bullets and a plateless motorcycle were also found in the traces of the militants.
Hasm was designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. Treasury Department in February. The police and several security experts believe it is just an offshoot of the Muslim Brothehrood.
Both Hasm and a previously unknown group, “Ansar al-Islam,” claimed responsibility for a major October 21, 2017 attack in the Western Desert, 135 km southwest of Cairo, which killed at least 16 policemen. However, several analysts said such a well-orchestrated attack points to notorious ex-military officer Hesham Ashmawy, whose name has been linked to Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State group and other terrorist groups in Egypt, Libya and Syria.
On July 20, 2017, one military conscript was killed in a patrol in Fayoum after a drive-by shooting. Three days later, the Interior Ministry said eight Hasm militants were killed in the poor governorate.
In another police patrol in Nasr City, Cairo, two police officers were killed on May 2, 2017 in a heavy shooting claimed by Hasm. On 9 December 2016, six conscripts were killed in Haram Street, Giza, due to a bombing perpetrated by Hasm.