The interior ministry said on Tuesday that police forces killed three militants during a security raid in Upper Egypt's Assiut governorate.
A statement published on the ministry's Facebook page said that recent security intelligence revealed that some leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood's armed group were residing in an apartment building in Manfalout village, Assiut governorate.
The three militants, who were convicted and wanted in other cases for belonging to the "Sawaaed Masr" and "Hasm" groups, sought haven in the village to plan the execution of further attacks against security forces in the future, according to the statement.
The militants were involved in a range of armed attacks on security personnel and checkpoints during the last two years.
They were killed after security forces opened fire on them while they were in an apartment building, the statement added.
Attacks against security forces have become common in recent years but are mostly concentrated in North Sinai, where Egypt's army and police are battling an entrenched Islamist insurgency.