Egypt's Sisi mourns death of officer killed in Cairo shootout
Mohamed Soliman, , Wednesday 15 Apr 2020

EgyptianPresident Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has mourned the death of a police officer who was killed during a shootout with militantsin Cairoon Tuesday.

Anotherofficer and two security personnel wereinjured and seven suspected terrorists were killed in an exchange of gunfire during a raid on a hideout in El-Amiriya neighbourhood in eastern Cairo late on Tuesday.

The interior ministry said theterrorist cellwas planning to carry outattacksagainst Coptic Christians on their Easter holiday.

"I followed with great pride the heroic action of the interior ministry's men, which confirms the bravery of police officers in the face of terrorism and the Egyptian state's capabilities to preserve the safety andsecurityof the homeland and citizens despite all the challenges," El-Sisi said on Twitteron Wednesday.

The president extended condolences to the family of the officer and wished those injured a speedy recovery.

The country's public prosecutor ordered an urgent investigation into the incident.