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At Least 54 Egyptian Policemen Killed in Raid on Suspected Militant Hideout Near Cairo

At least 54 Egyptian police officers have been killed in a raid on a suspected militant hideout near Cairo, according to security officials.

The officials, who requested anonymity, said the security forces apparently were ambushed Friday night by militants after they converged on the hideout in the western desert area of al-Bahriya.

One senior security source said a convoy of four SUVs and one interior ministry vehicle were targets of a surprise attack by militants firing rocket-propelled grenades and detonating explosive devices.

At Least 55 Egyptian Policemen Killed in Shootout With Militants

At least 55 Egyptian policemen, including 20 officers, have been killed in a shootout with militants in the country's Western desert, according to interior ministry officials who spoke with AP.

Security officials say the policemen came under fire as they were searching for suspected members of Hasm, a group that has claimed responsibility for several attacks in Egypt during the past year.

The officials said eight other security personnel were wounded in the attack, which took place in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya district, about 135 kilometers southwest of Cairo.

At Least 30 Egyptian Policemen Killed in Shootout With Militants

At least 30 Egyptian policemen have been killed in a shootout with militants in the country's Western desert.

Security officials say the policemen came under fire as they were searching for suspected members of Hasm, a group that has claimed responsibility for several attacks in Egypt during the past year.

The officials said eight other security personnel were wounded in the attack, which took place in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya district, about 135 kilometers southwest of Cairo.

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Iraqi, Kurdish Forces Battle for Remaining Disputed Territories

As night fell Friday, Kurdish Peshmerga tanks fired heavy artillery into the now-Iraqi held town of Altun Kopri while gunfire cracked at the town's entrance.

Kurdish civilian volunteers scattered from behind a nearby berm as journalists’ cars raced out of the line of fire. Vehicles holding Kurdish fighters raced forward.

Iraqi and Kurdish forces had been battling since early morning, after Iraqi forces advanced north out of Kirkuk, an oil city they took over in the past week, toward the Kurdish capital, Irbil.

At Least 14 Egyptian Policemen Killed in Shootout With Militants

At least 14 Egyptian policemen have been killed in a shootout with militants in the country's Western desert.

 

Security officials say the policemen came under fire as they were searching for suspected members of Hasm, a group that has claimed responsibility for several attacks in Egypt during the past year.

The officials said eight other security personnel were also wounded in the attack, which took place in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya district, about 135 kilometers southwest of Cairo. As of nightfall, Egypt's state television said the attack was still going on.

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