Egyptian police have killed eight “high risk terrorists” and arrested four others in separate shootouts and security raids in the vicinity of Cairo and Giza governorate, a Ministry of Interior statement said on Thursday.
The targeted terrorists belong to the Hasm group, who authorities say is affiliated with the terrorist-designated Muslim Brotherhood organisation. The suspects were orchestrating a number of attacks against several targets to coincide with the upcoming Christmas celebrations under orders from the organisation, the statement said.
The statement added that National Security investigations revealed that the members of the organisation had received discrete orders via social media and mobile applications to target a number of public figures and vital state facilities.
A number of the terrorist group’s members managed to escape through the desert Giza-Wahat road and security forces are currently in pursuit.
Security forces seized arms, ammunition, electric circuits and other material used to manufacture improvised explosive devices.