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Egypt police kill 6 militants in shootout: ministry

AFP  |  Cairo 

killed six suspected militants in a shootout early Saturday in the country's south, the interior ministry said.

The clashes broke out during a police raid on a militant hideout in a mountainous area on the edge of the southern province of Sohag, some 460 kilometres south of Cairo, the ministry said in a statement.

Police seized weapons and ammunition, it added. The operation is part of "the interior ministry's efforts to confront terrorist organisations aiming to undermine security and stability" in Egypt, it said.

has been battling an insurgency following the 2013 ouster of Mohammed Morsi, who was forced out by the military in the face of mass protests against his rule.

Attacks have largely been concentrated in the turbulent northern region, but have also taken place elsewhere across the country.

launched in February a wide-scale operation centred on North to wipe out jihadists, including members of the Islamic State group, spearheading the insurgency there.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 20:10 IST