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Egypt: dozens of police killed in desert ambush by militants

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By Euronews
Egypt: dozens of police killed in desert ambush by militants

<p>Security sources say more than 50 police officers have been killed by armed militants in Egypt’s Western desert during a raid on a suspected rebel hideout. Several more police are said to have been injured.</p> <p>The interior ministry says a number of militants also died.</p> <p>Security forces are said to have been following a lead to a desert base used by eight suspected members of Hasm – a group that has claimed attacks around Cairo targeting judges and police. </p> <p>Militants then apparently ambushed their convoy of four <span class="caps">SUV</span>s and one interior ministry vehicle from higher ground, using rocket-propelled grenades and detonating explosive devices. </p> <p>Earlier sources put the number of dead at just over 30.</p> <p>Egypt accuses the Hasm group of being the militant wing of the Muslim Brotherhood which was outlawed in 2013, a claim the Brotherhood denies.</p>