Egyptian armed forces shoot dead 40 suspected terrorist militants after Giza roadside bomb attack
The raids were carried out simultaneously, targeting the hideouts of suspected terrorists. (Reuters: Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
Egyptian security forces have killed 40 suspected militants in a series of gun battles a day after a Vietnamese tourist bus was bombed near the Giza pyramids.
- Military says 30 suspects killed near Giza, while 10 died near North Sinai
- Security forces believed suspects were plotting attacks against tourism industry
- The identities of the slain suspects were not revealed
The deaths were reported after three seperate raids in North Sinai and Giza, however, the military has not said whether those connected to Saturday’s fatal bus bombing were among the dead.
Egypt’s defence ministry said 30 of the suspected militants were killed during raids on hideouts in Giza, where the military believed “terrorist elements” were planning attacks against state institutions and the tourism industry.
Egypt’s military suspected terrorists were planning attacks on the country’s tourism industry. (Reuters: Mohamed Abd El Ghany)
A cache of firearms, ammunition and improvised explosive devices were uncovered by officers, according to a report from Gulf365.
The other 10 deaths occurred in North Sinai, where Egyptian security forces are fighting an insurgency led by Islamic State.
They were killed during a gun battle, state newsagency MENA reported, but it is unknown if Egyptian forces suffered any casualties.
Security forces coordinated the raids, carrying them out simultaneously.
Details about the suspects’ identities have not been released by the military.
The ministry published graphic photos of bloodied bodies with their faces digitally obscured.
Many of the images show firearms lying beside the deceased on the ground.
Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed and at least 10 others injured when a roadside bomb, concealed by a wall, went off on Friday (local time).
The bus was traveling in the Marioutiyah area, less than 4 kilometres from Egypt’s world-famous Giza pyramids.
No immediate claim of responsibility was reported.
Four people were killed and 10 others were injured when the bomb went off. (AP: Nariman El-Mofty)
Egypt’s military and police launched a major campaign against militant groups in February, targeting the Sinai Peninsula as well as southern areas and the border with Libya.
The government says fighting Islamist militants is a priority as it works to restore stability after the years of turmoil that followed the “Arab Spring” protests of 2011.