Egypt’s Ministry of the Interior announced Monday that five terrorists were killed and 11 others were arrested in a security crackdown in Alexandria, New Valley and Qalyubia governorates.
This preemptive action came in the framework of the ministry's efforts to thwart the terrorist attacks and plots to destabilize Egypt's security, the ministry said.
“The public security sector managed to monitor the movement of a number of terrorist elements in the vicinity of the three governorates as they were preparing to carry out a series of terrorist attacks against Christian places of worship and vital institutions in the country,” a statement issued by the Interior Ministry explained.
It said security forces located the terrorists' hideout in Obour, north of Cairo, adding that the terrorists opened fire at policemen after they were discovered.
The terrorists used a building under construction as a basis for their terror activities, the ministry said The police also seized three machine guns, a shotgun and ammunition at the hiding place.
The investigations confirmed that a number of these elements received financial support from the terrorist cadres fleeing in northern Sinai to finance their movement.