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Ten Suspected Militants Killed by Egyptian Forces in Cairo Raids

Ten Suspected Militants Killed by Egyptian Forces in Cairo Raids

Seven others were wounded in the attack, said security and military officials.

They then opened fire with machine guns at survivors of the blast.

The violence erupted during simultaneous raids by police early Sunday at two adjacent flats used as hideouts by "terrorists" in a heavily populated district in the city of Giza, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The wounded included a police brigadier general.

Most attacks have been claimed by Ansar Beit El-Maqdis, or Sinai Province, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in 2014.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

An initial report by Egypt's official Middle East News agency said nine suspected militants were killed and five policemen injured in the shoot-out.

Monday's attack was the deadliest against security forces since July, when ISIS terrorists attacked a remote army outpost in the border town of Rafah, killing 23 soldiers.

The attack illustrates how hard it is for the government to crush a militant campaign that has withstood a four-year crackdown.

It did not provide any casualty figures, but the attack appears to have been the deadliest on security forces in Sinai since July, when at least 23 soldiers were killed in a suicide vehicle bombing that targeted a checkpoint near the Gaza border.

Monday's attack came a day after authorities said they had busted an extremist cell planning attacks in Cairo.

The violence surged after the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013, which was followed by a crackdown on the main Muslim Brotherhood group that has killed hundreds and led to the jailing of thousands more. They said the fighters had sneaked into the capital from northern Sinai but did not say whether they were members of ISIL.