Nine “terrorists” involved in the July bombing of the Italian consulate in Cairo were killed by Egypt’s security forces during a raid in Giza on Friday, the ministry of interior announced in an official statement.
According to the statement, the nine “terrorists” were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in Aussim district, Giza.
Three police officers and two conscripts were injured in the raid.
The injured police officers and conscripts were transferred to the hospital to receive treatment.
The statement added that the militants were found with weapons, including explosive belts used for suicide bombings.
The ministry of interior said that the “terrorists” were involved in the bombing of the Italian consulate in Cairo in July and the bombing of the National security building in Qalyubia in August.
An Islamic-state affiliated group in Egypt already claimed responsibility for both bombings.
Hours before the interior ministry's statement, officials told Reuters that security forces killed nine members of the Muslim Brotherhood in a raid in Giza.
The now-dissolved Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, reported on its official website “Freedom and Justice Party Gate” that the nine people killed in Aussim were not members of the group nor were they Morsi supporters, according to sources in the Brotherhood.
The Muslim Brotherhood was designated as a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government in 2013. Its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, was dissolved by an administrative court order in 2014.
Egypt’s prosecutor general is currently investigating the incident.