CAIRO: Dozens of firearms were confiscated in Dalga, a village in the Minya governorate in Upper Egypt that had been under control of armed militants for more than a month, according to the Ministry of Interior.
During the security operation 78 suspects were arrested, according to a statement issued by the ministry on Wednesday.
The 48 confiscated firearms vary between machine guns, homemade pistols and rifles. Also 15 firearms belonging to the police have been retrieved, the statement detailed.
Furthermore, 35 suspects were detained on charges of attacking police stations, churches and public facilities, while 43 others were arrested for rioting, blocking roads, and hurling stones at security forces to prevent them from entering Dalga.
Egyptian security forces raided Dalga last week. The village, which has a sizeable Christian minority, was held for more than a month by Islamist militants who opposed the toppling of former President Mohamed Morsi.
The militants started attacking police stations and churches in Dagla following the dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo on August 14 by security forces.