Egypt Police Shoot Out Kill 4 Suspected Militants in Combat Operation Near Cairo

Security forces detain a suspect (2nd R) in Kerdasah, a town 14 km (9 miles) from Cairo in this September 19, 2013 file photograph. An Egyptian judge sentenced 185 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death on December 2, 2014 over an attack on a police station near Cairo last year in which 12 policemen were killed. The ruling is preliminary and subject to a lengthy appeals process. It also goes to the country's top religious authority for approval although his opinion is not binding. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Files (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY CRIME LAW)
Egypt security forces kill four militants. Police also seized suicide belts, weapons and ammunition

OSINT SUMMARY

8th February 2016, Egyptian police shot and killed four suspected Islamist militants inside a house a few miles from central Cairo.

According to Interior Ministry, the Sunday police raid was a success saying the four were allegedly plotting to commit an attack.

The ministry also revealed the slain suspects belonged to Ajnad Misr, a militant linked group that emerged in January 2014 and has been targeting security forces in and around Cairo.

The suspects who had barricaded themselves inside a house opened the gunfire first to the police.

The engagement resulted in the deaths of the four Ajnad Misr elements and recovering of an assault rifle – a 9mm pistol, an improvised firearm, a car believed to have been used in previous terrorist attacks and a motorcycle without registration number plates.

The suspects were also believed to be behind the killing of two policemen, a soldier and a civilian. The slain also were also suspected of blowing up a police vehicle and bombing a security checkpoint the ministry statement added

Egypt is fighting an Islamist insurgency in the restive Sinai Peninsula that gained momentum in mid-2013 when the military ousted Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Mursi after mass protests against his rule.

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