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Egyptian security forces kill 40 suspected militants

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By Robert Hackwill
Egyptian security forces kill 40 suspected militants

The day after the bombing of a Vietnamese tourist bus that killed four people in Giza Egyptian security forces are claiming to have killed 40 suspected Islamic militants. The interior Ministry says 30 were killed in Giza while another 10 died in raids in North Sinai. In total three separate locations were hit in co-ordinated attacks. There were no reports of any casualties among the security forces during the gun battles.

The Giza raids took down cells that were reportedly planning terror attacks on state institutions and the tourist industry, although authorities did not connect them to the bus attack, while in the Sinai it was Islamic State that was targeted.

Victims of the bus attack are being treated in a Cairo hospital and the authorities are working hard to try and repair damage to Cairo's reputation as a safe place to visit, insisting on the fact that the bus driver had strayed off an official tourist route, and pointing to security successes against terror suspects.