Militants kill Egyptian security forces in desert shoot out

Police officers were killed in the shootout

The suspected militants tried to flee after the exchange of fire there, the sources said, and continued to fire at a second security unit called in for backup from atop neighboring buildings.

The interior ministry released a statement on the operation on Friday but has so far not given any details on casualties.

The security sources put the death toll of policemen, including officers and conscripts, at over 50.

The police received information that a group of terrorists were hiding in al-Wahat area in the desert of Giza, before police forces were dispatched to launch a raid.

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More than 50 Egyptian troops and police officers were killed during a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo, local media reported on Saturday, citing security sources.

The security forces are understood to have gone into the desert following a tip-off about a possible hideout.

Condemnations of the attack came in from the Middle East and Europe, with France -where Sisi is due to visit next week- pledging solidarity after the latest losses for Egypt's security force in "the fight against terrorism".

Hundreds of police and army personnel have been killed since then.

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The Muslim Brotherhood, once Egypt's largest opposition movement, has long denied involvement in the attacks on the authorities.

Egypt has been under a state of emergency since bombings and suicide attacks targeting minority Coptic Christians killed scores earlier this year.

In their statements, none of the militant groups claim any affiliation to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Egyptian president also affirmed that the sacrifices of those policemen, who were killed in the attack, will not go in vain.

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