Egypt's interior ministry has killed an “extremely dangerous” terrorist in an exchange of fire on a Cairo-Suez highway, it said on Friday.
"In continuation of the intensive campaigns launched by the security services under the leadership of the Public Security Sector with the participation of the General Directorate for Drug Control and the Criminal Investigation Departments in the security of East Ismailia and Qalioubia, the Department of Security Forces and the Central Security Sector received information on a very dangerous element that had transferred their activity to the desert Cairo-Suez road, escaping intensive security strikes in the Magic and Beauty area,” read a Friday ministry statement.
According to the statement, when the terrorist element saw forces approaching, “he fired shots at them; as a result, he was killed."
A quantity of heroin was found with the deceased as well as night vision goggles, a mobile phone and EGP 34,000.
The public prosecution investigated the incident, the statement read.
The efforts of successive security campaigns in a geographic area the statement named as “Magic and Beauty” have resulted in the arrest of 199 criminal elements, 66 of whom possessed large quantities of narcotics and firearms, and the death of seven people who exchanged fire with troops.