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5 police personnel, 4 militants killed in clashes on Matrouh road

Armed men attacked two police checkpoints on a Mediterranean highway popular with beach goers, resulting in nine deaths

Ahram Online, Tuesday 5 Aug 2014
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An Egyptian police officer, four conscripts and four militants died on Tuesday in clashes on the Matrouh road between security forces and armed assailants, a security source told Al-Ahram's Arabic news website.

The road - a busy highway running along Egypt's Mediterranean coast that connects several popular tourist resorts and leads to the Libyan border - has now been closed due to the clashes, interior ministry spokesman Hani Abdel-Latif said.

A security source told Al-Ahram that the shootings occurred when militants attacked two separate security checkpoints on the Matrouh road.

The first attack resulted in the killing of officer Tarek Mohamed Sameh and the four conscripts. The assailants were then killed when they opened fire on another security checkpoint on the same road.

Earlier, Mostafa Darwish, an aide to the interior minister, told Al-Ahram that security forces had received information from National Security that a car full of arms and explosives would be on the Matrouh-Alamein road.

The clashes took place near the upscale coastal resort Marina, a popular destination for local tourism.

A wave of militant attacks has been on the rise since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July of last year, with over 500 security personnel killed.
 

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Allen
06-08-2014 04:19am
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If it's not clear by now, it should be crystal clear, that Egypt has to secure its Eastern and Western borders.
Foreign terrorists know full well they could have willing partners inside Egypt among the Muslim brotherhood terrorists, who are so desperate at this point, they would do anything to harm Egypt. Consequently, it would be wise to cross the borders to clean these elements just like they have given themselves the freedom to cross border lines to destabilize Egypt..... Otherwise, Egypt teeters to the direction of becoming another Iraq. Let's hope that never happens.
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key
05-08-2014 11:13pm
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Whatever you try to do Egypt will devour you
Whatever weak extremist, terrorist, barbaric measure they to do to divide Egypt, Egyptians including the Egyptian Armed Forces will make sure that these scavengers seize to exist. To all US, EU, MB, Qatar factions understand that you are going against an entire will of a Nation that will never bow to no foreign division. That is not an option and for those terrorists on your payroll use that tax payer money as charity to improve the lives of your poor people in your respective countries.
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