Latest open sources reports indicate that Egyptian security forces on Tuesday killed a number of suspected militants linked to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
According to a report from Egypt’s Interior Ministry, the suspected militants were killed after a shootout with security forces in Fayoum, an oasis province southwest of Cairo and a traditional Brotherhood stronghold.
The assailants were also in possession of materials used to manufacture IEDs, including 100 plastic barrels of explosive materials and five bags of ammonium nitrate, officials revealed.
The Brotherhood won a series of elections in Egypt following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, and Mohammed Morsi, a senior Brotherhood leader, became Egypt’s first freely elected president the following year.
His brief rule proved divisive, and the military overthrew him in 2013. Authorities outlawed the Brotherhood a few months later, declaring it a terrorist group.
The latest military operations on suspected militants came after an Islamic State affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula — which is not affiliated with the Brotherhood — killed 23 Egyptian soldiers in an attack on an outpost last week.