BANHA, Egypt: Two bomb disposal experts and five alleged jihadists were killed on Wednesday in the resulting gunfight, the head of Qalyubia security directorate, according to a statement of the Ministry of Interior.
General Maged Ahmed Saleh and Colonel Maged Ahmed Shaker were a part of a combined security team of police and army personnel that raided a makeshift bomb factory in Al-Kanater Al-Khayreya in Qalyubia governorate when they were killed, said the Interior Ministry.
In the following hours-long-shootout, five jihadists allegedly affiliated with the Al-Qaeda-inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group were killed and four were arrested.
The jihadists were suspected of involvement in several attacks including Saturday’s attack on a military checkpoint that killed six soldiers, the bombing of Cairo security directorate headquarters on Jan. 24 and the assassination of an aide of the interior minister in Cairo on Jan. 28.
The militants used explosive belts during the confrontation, the statement added.
The Armed Forces expressed its deep solidarity with the families of the “martyrs,” said military spokesperson Ahmed Ali on in a tweet on his official Twitter account.
Since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on July 3, Egyptian security forces reinforced their presence in the Sinai Peninsula. Coinciding, Sinai-based militias have conducted numerous attacks and killed dozens of security personnel.