Egypt: Hasm militants kill dozens of police after botched raid

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At least 16 Egyptian police officers were killed and 13 injured in a shootout with militants in the Western Desert's Bahariya Oasis.

Security sources on Friday said authorities were following a lead to a militant camp in the desert where eight suspected members of Hasm Movement were believed to be hiding. Those attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group.

The Associated Press news agency quoted an Egyptian security official as saying the exchange of gunfire occurred in al-Wahat al-Bahriya, a district in the Giza governorate, about 135km from Cairo.

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The security forces are understood to have gone into the desert following a tip-off about a possible hideout. Clashes erupted when they tried to arrest them and they exchanged fire.

According to reports, the security personnel mounted the counter-terror operation against a suspected militant hideout on Friday, 20 October.

While the forces were moving towards the area, they were ambushed by militants who fired rocket-propelled grenades and detonated explosive devices.

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Turkish Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned a deadly shootout southwest of the Egyptian capital, Cairo which left 16 policemen dead on Friday. The Muslim Brotherhood denies the charge.

The country has been in a heightened state of turmoil and violence since the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's first democratically-elected president, in mid-2013 following mass protests against his rule.

The armed group staging the campaign later pledged allegiance to ISIL in 2014.

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Egypt has been under a state of emergency since earlier in the year when IS militants launched a series of bombings and suicide attacks that killed scores of Coptic Christians.

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