Militant Clashes Leave at Least 16 Egyptian Policemen Dead

(Worthy News) – At least 16 Egyptian policemen were killed in clashes with militants on Friday as the government struggles to maintain security while it undertakes economic measures aimed at creating jobs and boosting growth.

Another 13 police personnel were injured when a force raiding a militant hideout in the desert southwest of Giza was attacked with heavy weaponry, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement on Saturday. One policeman is still missing and the clashes resulted in the death and injury of 15 militants, it said. Earlier reports, including from Saudi-owned Al Arabiya and local Egyptian news outlets, had put the death toll at over 50 police personnel.

The ministry said forces are still searching and sweeping the area after the hours-long clashes. [ Source: Bloomberg (Read More…) ]