Security forces stand guard in Alexandria, Egypt on January 25, 2016 – Reuters/Asmaa Waguih
CAIRO - 5 September 2019: Security forces killed six terrorists in a gun battle near Bahariya Oasis in the Western Desert, about 375 km southwest of Cairo, the Interior Ministry said.
In a statement Thursday, the ministry said that the National Security Sector received a tip-off that a group of terrorists, hiding in a desert area in the vicinity of Bahariya Oasis, with firearms in their possession, were planning to carry out hostile attacks against state facilities.
Raiding the hideout at dawn on Thursday, police troops were attacked by the militants, leading to a fire exchange that left six terrorists dead.
Four automatic rifles, ammunition, two improvised pistols belonging to the terrorists were found in the terrorists' den.
Security forces have taken all legal measures and the prosecution launched a probe into the case.
The operation comes as part of the ministry's efforts to combat terrorist groups and hunt down the runaway terrorist elements who plan to destabilize the state's security and stability.