Egypt’s Interior Ministry said on Sunday that 15 terrorists were killed during a shootout with police forces following a raid on a hideout in al-Obour at al-Arish in North Sinai.
According to the statement, the National Security Agency was tipped regarding the hideout of a terrorist group in a farm at Hous district in al-Obour, as they were preparing to carry out an attack.
The statement said that the group was involved in a series of hostile operations against the armed forces and the police, and were seeking to escalate their plans to destabilize security and undermine the nation.
The statement added that security agencies processed this information and raided the hideout. As the forces approached, the terrorists opened fire at them resulting in the killing of 15 of them.
“Nine automatic weapons, rifles, two explosive devices, and an explosive belt were found in the possession of the terrorists,” the statement said.
Police filed a report on the incident and referred it to the Supreme State Security Prosecution for further investigations.
Egypt has been battling a wave of terrorism which has killed hundreds of security forces and personnel since the army toppled former President Mohammed Morsi in 2013, in response to mass protests against his one-year rule.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm