CAIRO, 24 Dec. /TASS/. Nine militants eliminated in Sunday Egyptian police North of Cairo. This is reported by news portal Al Balad with reference to the statement of the interior Ministry.
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According to authorities, security officials received information about a group of terrorists, located on a farm in the province of sharqiya, where they staged a staging base to carry out attacks on law enforcement and the military. During the arrest the extremists fired at the guards and was destroyed by return fire. During the searches at the scene of the shooting, police found several automatic rifles and ammunition.
In addition, nine other extremists were detained during the raids in the province of Cairo. According to the interior Ministry, neutralized the militants involved in a series of attacks on security forces in the North of the Sinai Peninsula and in some other regions of the country, including in the capital .
Law enforcement agencies of Egypt has significantly stepped up counterterrorism operations following the attacks on 9 April terrorist attacks in the Christian churches of Tanta and Alexandria, which killed more than 45 people and left more than hundreds injured. Responsibility for attack was assumed by the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia). In the country from April 10 by decision of the President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for a three-month state of emergency was introduced, which for the same period was extended in early July and then in October.
The largest in the modern history of the country the attack occurred November 24 near El Arish (capital of the province of North Sinai). Then a group of militants during the traditional Friday prayers, attacked the mosque and fired indiscriminately from automatic weapons on people, killing more than 300 Egyptians, including 27 children. The responsibility for this outing is still the one not taken.
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