Egypt: 12 alleged 'Hasm' terrorists killed in Cairo,ministry

Militants allegedly not linked to bus terror attack

20 May, 13:40

    CAIRO - Less than 24 hours after a bomb blast on Sunday that targeted a bus carrying South African tourists, wounding 17 people, Egyptian security forces at dawn on Monday carried out two raids in Cairo, killing 12 alleged terrorists with the group ''Hasm'' allegedly linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. The announcement was made in a statement released by the Egyptian interior ministry.

    Nevertheless, the ministry said it does not consider the suspects killed in the districts of Cairo as the perpetrators of the attack.

    The statement described the operations as a ''preventive strike against the formation of terrorist Brothers to foil their plots''. The raids were carried out, according to the statement, after leading members of the armed wing of the Muslim Brotherhood ''abroad had given instructions to elements of 'Hasm''' to carry out attacks, or ''aggressive operations''.

    A security source added that the raids were carried out at ''dawn'' on Monday. The statement said that the first concerned an apartment in the eastern district of the 6th of October City: the terrorists allegedly ''opened fire and security forces in turn responded killing seven elements''. ''Four automatic weapons'' were seized as well as material ''to make bombs''.

    On the other side of the city, in an apartment in the district of Shorouk, five alleged terrorists were killed in a firefight, the ministry added, reporting that ''five automatic weapons'' were sized, along with four bombs, including two that were ''activated''.

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