Security forces thwarted an attempted attack at a checkpoint near the North Sinai’s city of Arish on Tuesday night - File photo
CAIRO – 5 September 2018: Interior Ministry announced the killing of four criminal elements specialized in armed robbery in a shoot-out with security forces.
According to a statement by the ministry on Tuesday, the forces managed to arrest a criminal element while he was threatening a citizen and trying to steal his car. He managed to flee and then a ministry order was initiated to track down the identities of the elements involved.
The statement added that the gang members were ambushed along the Cairo-Sokhna road and initiated shooting at the police forces. They were eventually eliminated and several weapons were found in their possession.
Last week, Egypt’s security forces killed five militants after a fire exchange, while raiding a terrorist hideout on Assiut-Sohag road within the framework of Egypt’s war against terrorism, the Interior Ministry declared.
The Interior Ministry explained that while the security forces were carrying out sweep operations in Upper Egypt’s remote areas, which terrorists use as their hideouts, the fugitive terrorist elements were found at a mountainous area on Assiut-Sohag road.
The five terrorists were killed during fire exchange with the security forces, and three machine guns and papers related to their plans and organization were seized.
On June 27, security forces raided a terror cell in Assiut’s El-Ghanayem, killing its four elements, according to a security source.
The terror cell was set to target some areas in the country amid June 30 celebrations, the source revealed.
The terrorists were killed in Al-Souhageya area in Al-Ghanayem during the raid on the terror cell’s headquarters, following engagement with Interior Ministry’s Special Forces, according to the source.
The terrorists' bodies were moved to Assiut University Hospital under tight guard, the source added.
Earlier in June, security forces managed to disband a terrorist cell comprised of six elements and believed to be affiliated with the Islamic State terrorist group (IS) in the delta province of Damietta, arresting all its members.
The defendants faced charges of unlawfully forming an armed group to carry out hostile operations that aim at disturbing public order and security.
Also, security forces managed to seize 188 unlicensed weapons and to stop several cases of encroachment on agricultural and state-owned lands during several raids conducted across Egypt.
Security forces had also raided the country’s notorious drug-trafficking desert area of Al-Sehr W Al-Jamal (Charm and Beauty) and killed two criminals during a shootout that also led to the injury of an officer.
A machine gun, 250 bullets and related chambers, a CZ 9mm pistol, large quantities of heroin, five digital scales, 10 mobile phones, an unlicensed motorcycle, and LE 23,000 ($1,284) were in possession of the criminals.