Egyptian army soldiers guard with armoured personnel carriers (APC) in front of the main gate of Torah prison on the outskirts of Cairo
CAIRO – 31 October 2017: A high-profile source told Egypt Today that based on information provided by the National Security Sector, terrorists involved in the Giza-Wahat Operation were stationed near the Libyan borders and had held Mohammed Al-Haies hostage.
A plan was devised by the police and army forces and an air cover was used. The Special Forces managed to kill the terrorists involved in the Giza-Wahat Operation and freed Al-Haies. The source added that the clashes continued for no less than two hours, and that Al-Haies was shot in his leg and will be immediately transported to the Police Hospital for an emergency surgery and further treatment.
He indicated that the forces are combing the area looking for other terrorists involved in the Wahat operation and that police forces are conducting large scale raids in the area on the lookout for other terrorists who fled during the clashes.
The source indicated that the operation was conducted in coordination between the army and police forces and that a landing operation was conducted to besiege the terrorists and that the operation was planned 48 hours prior to execution.
After the battle between Egyptian forces and militants on October 20, which resulted in 17 security personnel being killed, new clashes erupted between the two sides on October 27. Fifteen militants were killed during the clashes, which took place along the Wadi Gadid-Wahat Road.
Egypt’s Interior Ministry followed the terrorists behind the October 20 attack, with the aim of eliminating them. Here is what you need to know about Al-Wahat’s militants:
1. Al-Wahat’s armed group was established by 13 militants.
2. They used military uniforms to move about easily.
3. The group was planning several terrorist attacks during the coming period.
4. It aims to recruit other young people.
5. Several explosive belts and weapons were found with them.
6. The militants used sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and motorcycles to move within the Western Desert.