Egyptian security forces kill seven suspected terrorists near Cairo

The ministry received information "that members of the terrorist Hasm movement were planning to plant an explosive device" in Giza province.
Thursday 07/03/2019
A general view show traffic on the Giza Ring Road in the Egyptian Capital Cairo on March 7, 2019. (AFP)
A general view show traffic on the Giza Ring Road in the Egyptian Capital Cairo on March 7, 2019. (AFP)

Seven suspected militants were killed and a police officer was injured in shoot-outs with Egyptian security forces south of Cairo on Thursday, the Ministry of Interior said.

The ministry received information "that members of the terrorist Hasm movement were planning to plant an explosive device" in Giza province.

The suspected militants were wearing uniforms of electricity workers. An exchange of fire broke out when police forces attempted to arrest them, leaving three suspected militants killed and one police officer injured.

Afterwards, police forces located and attacked the hideout of other members from the same group in an apartment in Giza province. The shoot-out killed four militants.

Hasm is a radical group that authorities accuse of being the armed wing of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood. The self-styled militant group, which has claimed responsibility for several attacks in Egypt, announced the start of their operations in July 2016.

Egypt has seen a spate of attacks since the army’s 2013 overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.