Member of Hasm terrorist group killed in shootout with Egyptian police: Ministry

Ahram Online , Wednesday 12 Jul 2017

Egyptian police
File Photo: Members of the police special forces in Cairo, Egypt, August 7, 2016. (Reuters)

A member of the terrorist group Hasm involved in the killing of several policemen last May was killed in a shootout with Egyptian police in a Cairo neighborhood, a statement by the interior ministry said on Wednesday.

The Hasm member and fugitive Ahmed Mohamed Omar Sweilem was killed as police conducted a raid in Cairo’s El-Marg neighborhood.

Sweilem was involved in several terrorist operations, most notably the killing of three policemen and the wounding of six others in Nasr City last May, according to the statement.

The ministry added that Sweilem was also involved in the killing of two policemen in January and September of 2016.

Wednesday’s statement comes one day after the ministry said that police killed a leading member of Hasm in a shootout in Fayoum.

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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