A member of the special police forces stands guard in Cairo, Egypt, April 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Files
CAIRO, 11 February 2020: Seventeen terrorists were killed, Tuesday in an exchange of fire with police forces in Obeidat district in Arish, North Sinai, the Interior Ministry said.
In a statement on Tuesday, the ministry added that a tip-off provided by the National Security Agency indicated that a group of terrorists were detected in a hideout in an area in Obeidat district,from where they attempt to launch hostile operations.
The police forces raided the terrorists' hideout, where the shootout erupted, leaving 11 terrorists dead. Weapons and explosive devices were seized with the dead.
A number of terrorists escaped before being tracked by the police forces. Afterwords, shootout erupted again and left six terrorists dead, with whom weapons and two suicide vests were found.
All legal procedures were taken and the Supreme State Security Prosecution launched an investigation.
last December, The Interior Ministry announced killing of three terrorists in North Sinai after an exchange of fire with the police.
The forces received information about the terrorists location and tracked them riding a motorcycle as they are poised to launch an attack. The terrorists fire heavily towards the forces, and then fire exchange was launched leading to the killing of the elements, and the seizure of their weapons.
The weapons included: two automatic rifles, a gun, a quantity of ammunition and two hand grenades. All legal procedures have been taken, and investigations kicked off into the incident.
This comes as part of the ministry’s continued efforts in tracking and prosecuting terrorist elements involved in hostile operations that claimed the lives of many martyrs among the armed forces, the police and ordinary people.