Police kill six 'terrorists' affiliated with Daesh in upper Egypt's Assiut

Ahram Online , Monday 10 Jul 2017

Assiut attack
Egyptian security forces are bin North Sinai (File photo: AP)

Egypt's Ministry of Interior said on Monday that police have killed six "terrorists" affiliated with the Daesh militant group during a raid on an abandoned apartment building in Upper Egypt's Assiut governorate.

The raid in Dayrot town centre was aimed at eliminating a terrorst cell before it was able to conduct attacks, and was based on intelligence from Homeland Security, the ministry said.

The militants were killed during a shootout with police personnel, who seized large amounts of guns, ammunition and counterfeit military uniforms.

The raid is the second in recent weeks in Assiut governorate, with the interior ministry also claiming to have killed seven terrorists involved in attacks on Christians and churches.

The ministry announced the killing of 14 militants on Saturday near Ismailia governorate after dozens of army personnel were killed or injured in an attack in North Sinai.

Security forces in Giza also said that two members of the Hasm terrorist movement were killed in a shootout on Sunday in 6th of October City, a suburb of Greater Cairo.

Egypt is battling a militant insurgency that is mainly concentrated in the restive northern part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

However, militants have also struck elsewhere in the country, including the captial, often targeting police and army personnel.

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