Egypt: 12 Muslim terrorists eliminated in raids after tourist bus bombing in Giza
Egyptian security forces eliminated 12 Muslim terrorists in raids in Cairo and Giza on Monday, a day after a bomb blast injured 17 people including tourists near the Giza pyramids.
An Interior Ministry statement linked the terrorists to Hasm, an armed affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood, and said authorities found explosives, weapons, and ammunition at two different raid sites.
Security forces “carried out a raid against an apartment in the 6th of October district used for making explosive devices… These forces were shot at and responded, which left seven dead among the group,” the ministry said in a statement.
Five Muslim terrorists were eliminated in an exchange of fire in another such raid in Cairo’s al-Shorouk neighborhood.
Weapons and ammunition were seized in the two apartments.
“As part of the ministry’s efforts to tackle the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization, information reached national security services” of attacks being prepared by Hasm, the ministry said.
Muslim terrorists targeted a tourist bus yesterday near the Grand Egyptian Museum, next to the pyramids in Giza. A roadside bomb went off close to the museum fence as the bus was passing.
Last December, three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were murdered when a roadside bomb planted by Muslim terrorists hit a tourist bus on the Mariouteya Road in the pyramid district, one of the most famous streets in greater Cairo. At least 10 others were injured in the terror attack.
Egyptian authorities led a crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood members after the military overthrew president Muhammad Mursi in 2013.
The Hasm terror group emerged in 2016 and has in the past claimed responsibility for several terror attacks.