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Egyptian police kill two Hasm militants in Qalioubiya raid: Ministry

Ahram Online , Sunday 13 Aug 2017
File photo of Policemen stand guard in Cairo, Egypt April 28, 2017. (Reuters)
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Egyptian police have killed two members of the Hasm militant group in a shootout in Qalioubiya governorate, a statement by the interior ministry said on Sunday.

The ministry said the two suspects, identified as Mohamed Mekki and Mohamed Moftah, shot at police as they tried to apprehend them at their hideout.

The men were involved in assassinating a National Security officer in July, according to the ministry.

One of the militants was previously sentenced in several terrorism-related cases and received a 15-year prison sentence.

Hasm has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks against Egyptian security personnel in recent months, mostly targeting police checkpoints.

Egyptian security forces have arrested and killed dozens of suspected Hasm members in the past few months.

Egyptian officials have said that that the group is linked to the banned Muslim Brotherhood group.

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