Security forces stand guard in Alexandria, Egypt on January 25, 2016 – Reuters/Asmaa Waguih
CAIRO - 7 March 2019: Police forces managed to kill a total of seven terrorists in Giza during fire exchange in two separate locations, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The killed elements reportedly belong to the Islamist militant group, Hasm Movement.
The police targeted the elements as security investigations revealed they had planned to plant an explosive device in one of Giza's streets, the statement read.
Three elements of Hasm Movement started shooting at policemen who attempted to approach their car, injuring a police officer. Police could kill the elements and seize an improvised explosive device inside the terrorists' vehicle. It also seized an automatic rifle, a gun and many bullets.
Also, the police raided an apartment in Giza's 6th of October City, which security investigations said is a hotbed used by terrorists to manufacture explosives. The fire exchange resulted in the death of four elements, according to the police statement.
Subsequently, police could seize some explosive materials, and three automatic rifles.
Hasm is an Islamist militant group operating in Egypt. In Arabic, the word “Hasm” means decisiveness. It also stands for Ḥarakat Sawa'd Miṣr (Arms of Egypt Movement). Hasm has been associated with nearly every terrorist attack in Egypt during the last year.
Hasm group is supposedly linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group which is deemed illegal in Egypt. However, the Brotherhood’s media spokesman, Talaat Fahmi, denied the Brotherhood’s links to Hasm to Turkish-led Anadul agency in December 2016. He said the Brotherhood could never be linked to those who commit violence and bloodshed.
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