CAIRO – Egyptian security forces killed on Monday 12 alleged terrorists in two raids, one day after an explosion hit the vicinity Giza pyramids, injuring several tourists injured.
The Interior Ministry said in a statement that the 12 dead belonged to Hasm movement, an armed group, which according to the government, is affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood organization.
A raid took place in an apartment in the Sixth of October city in Giza governorate, where seven alleged terrorists were killed.
According to the statement, the suspects opened fire immediately when policemen broke into the apartment, which was apparently used as a base to make explosives for their terror operations.
The other five were shot in an exchange of fire between the forces and the alleged terrorists in an apartment in al-Shorouq city, located in northeastern Cairo.
According to police investigations, leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood group living abroad had given orders to Hasm to commit a series of hostile operations aimed at destabilizing the country and create a state of chaos.
The statement did not give further details about any connections to Sunday’s attack, for which no group has claimed responsibility yet.
On Sunday, an explosion took place targeting a bus carrying South African tourists among others near the Grand Egyptian Museum and the Giza pyramids.
At least three tourists required medical attention with minor injuries, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
The Egyptian government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group at the end of 2013, after the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s predecessor.
Al-Sisi was the Minister of Defense in the government of Morsi, one of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
Egypt has been carrying out a military campaign against terrorism since February 2018, which has so far caused the death of hundreds of suspects, according to the data provided by the Army and the Ministry of Interior.