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Police kills 9 militants in Egypt

Press Trust of India  |  Cairo 

Egyptian police forces killed nine "wanted militants" today after storming their apartment here, a security official said.

Exchange of fire between security forces and militants took place in 6 October city in Greater Cairo when the police conducted a raid to arrest the militants, he said.

The militants, including Naser el-Hafy, a Muslim Brotherhood lawyer, were in a meeting in an apartment.

The nine militants killed were wanted for vandalism and violence.

When police went to arrest them, the militants opened fire and the nine were killed in the ensuing gun battle, the security official said.

The raid came hours after heavily-armed IS militants in launched a wave of simultaneous suicide attacks on army checkpoints in the restive Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 60 soldiers in the biggest assault and triggering a massive retaliatory strike by the military using troops and F-16s.

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First Published: Wed, July 01 2015. 21:28 IST