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Egypt's prosecutor orders investigation into Western Desert shootout

Circumstances surrounding the Friday shootout remain murky, including the number of fatalities

Ahram Online , Saturday 21 Oct 2017
Nabil Sadek
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Egyptian Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadek ordered on Saturday an investigation into a deadly shootout that took place on Friday on the El-Wahat-Giza Desert Road between terrorists and security forces, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

Sadek ordered the High State Security Prosecution to start an “extensive investigation” into the shootout, assigning the Ministry of Interior with apprehending those involved.

A team of prosecutors heard statements from the injured, who are receiving treatment at police hospitals in Agouza, Nasr City and El-Shorouk City.

The number of casualties from the shootout is still unclear, though Al-Ahram Arabic website has cited security sources as saying that at least 14 security personnel were killed. Reuters has cited sources as saying that as many as 52 security personnel were killed.

The interior ministry issued a statement on Friday evening saying that “a number of policemen” were killed after terrorists opened fire on security forces as they attempted to conduct a raid on a terrorist hideout in Egypt’s Western Desert.

The raid took place in the Bahariya Oasis, which covers 135 square kilometres and is approximately 370 kilometres from the capital.

No group has claimed responsibility for the incident so far.

The cabinet issued a statement on Saturday condemning the shootout and declaring its support for and solidarity with security forces in the war on terrorism.

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