Militants attack Egypt police, dozens killed

16 Egyptian police officers killed in shootout in Giza

Dozens of Egyptian police were killed in clashes with militants in the country's western desert on Friday, one of the deadliest attacks this year suffered by Egypt's security forces fighting persistent and spreading Islamic militancy.

Since then, an extensive crackdown on the group has left it in disarray with competing wings that have disagreed on whether to resort to violence, after police bloodily suppressed their protests.

An official statement issued on October 21 said the incident would be investigated, suggesting that the heavy death toll may have been partially caused by incompetence, intelligence failures, or lack of coordination.

More than 50 policemen, including 14 officers were killed and several others injured during clashes with militanats in Giza city.

The death toll is expected to increase.

The violence erupted when security forces targeted insurgents near the Bahariya oasis in the country's Western Desert, about 100 miles from the capital Cairo.

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Hasm has claimed multiple attacks since 2016 on police, officials and judges in Cairo.

The Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice and urged all states to cooperate actively with the Egyptian government and all relevant authorities in this regard.

The security forces are said to have launched an attack following a lead that eight suspected members of militant group Hasm were in the area.

The officials said Saturday that the exchange of fire took place late Friday in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya area in Giza governorate, about 135 kilometers (84 miles) from the capital after security services moved in.

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

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

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