2 military officers, 6 militants killed in crackdown
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CAIRO: Two military officers, six Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis militants were killed, and eight others were detained in a security crackdown in a weaponry storehouse in Qalyoub Wednesday, according to a Facebook statement by the Ministry of Interior.

The two military officers died while trying to dissemble explosive devices, according to a statement by the military spokesperson Ahmed Ali on Wednesday, who said the militant group used a wood workshop as storehouse for their weapons.

Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi paid his condolences in person to the families of the two officers at their funeral, Ali said in the statement.

According to a Twitter account that affiliates itself with Ansar Bayt al-Maqdes, two of their militants set an ambush for the two officers and killed them. The two militants returned safely and the “others” who were killed “do not belong to the group,” according to the Twitter account.

The “brothers” do not pay attention to the “fake boasting” and “fictitious heroism” that the media and Ali speak of, the Twitter account said, but they would rather improve their performance day after day.

The Ministry of Interior said that security forces seized the car used in an attack that killed six military police at a checkpoint outside Cairo on March 15.

Both Ali and the Interior Ministry said that guns, highly explosive materials, cell phones with circuits controlling explosive devices, motorbikes, car bombs grenades, and other metal objects for improvised bombs were seized in the crackdown.

The Twitter account has “spreads the news” in its description and on Thursday, it tweeted that it “advises the soldiers” to leave their deployments before it is “too late.”

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