Egypt’s security forces killed 10 suspected militants on Sunday in a fierce shootout raid conducted on two apartments in Central Cairo.
According to Interior Ministry 10 Hasm militants linked to the Muslim Brotherhood were killed and other wounded in the dawn raid. Nine policemen, including four officers, were also injured during the shootout.
Authorities received intelligence tip-off about militants fleeing North Sinai to hideouts in Cairo, where they were hatching a plan to carry out attacks on more centrally located provinces.
Security sources further pointed out that a few police officers suffered injuries after a suspected militant detonated an explosive device to block them from entering the building and during an exchange of fire that followed.
An insurgency led by Islamic State in Egypt’s rugged Sinai Peninsula has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen since the Egyptian military overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in mid-2013, but attacks have increasingly moved to the mainland in recent months.
Egypt accuses Hasm of being a militant wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group it outlawed in 2013. The Muslim Brotherhood denies this.