Egypt: 14 policemen killed in shootout

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At least 50 Egyptian policemen, including officers and conscripts, were killed and several others injured in a gun battle with terrorists during a raid on a militant hideout near Cairo, security sources said today.

The interior ministry said on Saturday the shootout lasted for hours after security forces attempted to raid a hideout of terrorists, who were armed with heavy weapons.

The security forces are said to have launched an attack following a lead that eight suspected members of militant group Hasm were in the area.

Earlier death toll said no less than 30 policemen had died but later media reports put the number to 52 on Saturday, 21 October.

Morsi was elected as Egypt's first civilian president in 2012, but the army overthrew him a year later following mass protests against his rule. The attackers also used explosive devices.

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Egypt has been fighting against a wave of terror activities that killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the military toppled former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

Condemnations of the attack came in from the Middle East and Europe, with France -where Sisi is due to visit next week- pledging solidarity after the latest losses for Egypt's security force in "the fight against terrorism".

Hasm has claimed multiple attacks since 2016 on police, officials and judges in Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood denies this.

The military has launched security campaigns in Egypts restive North Sinai province, arrested suspects and demolished houses that belong to terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.