Egyptian security forces kill 10 suspected militants in Cairo

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Five police officers were injured in the shootout that took place in the neighbourhood of Agouza, Giza governorate, during a raid on two suspected terrorist hideouts, Sputnik reported.

One source said authorities received a tip off about the hideouts of the individuals, who they suspect of being members of Hasm, a group which has claimed several attacks around the Egyptian capital targeting judges and policemen since previous year.

A security guard gestures near the site of an attack that killed at least 26 people in Minya, Egypt May 26, 2017.

Heavily-armed Islamic State militants today ambushed a police convoy, killing 18 policemen and wounding eight others in the restive Al-Arish city of North Sinai in Egypt in one of the deadliest attacks on forces.

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Monday's attack the deadliest against Egyptian security forces since July when ISIL killed 23 troops in Rafah.

At least 18 policemen, two of them officers, died in the violence, and a brigadier general lost a leg in the blast, several sources at Arish hospital said. Militants detonated an Improvised Explosive Device, destroying three armoured vehicles and a signal-jamming vehicle.

The suspected militants first opened fire at security force members, prompting them to respond, the ministry added on its official Facebook page. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.

In March, the military said militants killed 10 soldiers during an army raid in Sinai's central region. Police said the militants had sneaked into Cairo from the volatile northern Sinai. In recent years there has also been a wave of attacks, mainly targeting security forces, blamed on a splinter faction of Morsi's banned Muslim Brotherhood group.

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