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16 Policemen Killed in Shootout With Militants in Egypt

Cairo (October 22, 2017): At least 16 Egyptian police officers were killed and 13 injured in a shootout with militants in Egypt’s Western Desert on Saturday, said Egypt’s Interior Ministry.

The firefight occurred Friday as police were attempting to raid “a terrorist elements’ hideout” in the desert’s Bahariya Oasis about 370 kilometers (more than 220 miles) southwest of Cairo. The shootout lasted several hours.

The Egyptian security forces had received information that “terrorists” were in the desert to “hide, train, equip, and carry out terrorist operations, taking advantage of the rugged desert and ease of movement,” said a statement issued by the interior ministry.

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