A shootout near Cairo led to the death of nearly 55 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, said Egyptian security officials. The shootout occurred during a raid on a militant hideout near the city.
The officials said on Saturday that the exchange of fire took place late on Friday in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya area in Giza governorate, about 135 kilometers from the capital after security services moved in.
The officials say the death toll could increase. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. Egypt’s Interior Ministry issued a statement on the raid late on Friday but didn’t provide a death toll.