Egypt: 55 Police Officers Killed in Shootout

They were raiding a militant hideout west of Cairo
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 21, 2017 6:25 AM CDT
Egypt: 55 Police Officers Killed in Shootout
Egyptian security forces stand guard a Cairo University, in Giza.   (AP Photo/Amru Taha)

Egyptian security officials say at least 55 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, have been killed in a shootout during a raid on a militant hideout near Cairo. The officials said Saturday that the exchange of fire took place late Friday in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya area in Giza governorate, about 84 miles west of the capital, after security services moved in, the AP reports. The officials say the death toll could increase. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. Egypt's Interior Ministry issued a statement on the raid late Friday but didn't provide a death toll. (More Egypt stories.)

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