Egypt says 2 militants killed in shootout with police

Two members of a group suspected of being linked to the Muslim Brotherhood were killed Sunday in an exchange of gunfire with the police in a province outside the capital Cairo, the Interior Ministry said.

In a statement, the ministry added that the militants were hiding in a building in the province of Qaliubya and belonged to Hasm movement which was behind the killing of a police officer in July.

Hasm, which routinely targets Egyptian security forces in bombings and drive-by shootings, had claimed responsibility for gunning down Capt. Ibrahim Azazi on Friday while he was heading to a mosque.

The ministry said that the two militants, who were in their early twenties, were previously sentenced to 15 years for belonging to a terrorist group and participating in violence.

Meanwhile, two policemen were killed and six were injured late Saturday after their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in the town of el-Arish in the northern Sinai Peninsula, the officials said.

The policemen’s deaths bring the total number of security personnel killed in separate attacks in el-Arish and the border town of…

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