The Egyptian government reported that security forces killed eight militants who were training to attack government and Christian targets. The government alleges that the militants had been commissioned by the Muslim Brotherhood, received training in an unknown area, and were being transported to await further instructions, including targets. Reportedly, Helmi Masri Mohareb was killed in the attack. Mohareb was a militant leader responsible for transporting militants to and from training camps.
2017-05-09 Egypt (Al Masdar News) – Egyptian security forces killed eight militants who were being trained to attack government and Christian targets in a shootout in the country’s southern desert, the government said Monday.
Those killed included Helmi Masri Mohareb, a leader who transported militants across Egypt’s southern border to join training camps, the interior ministry said in a statement.
The statement did not say when or exactly where in the desert they were killed, nor in which country they were alleged to have received training.
The security forces came under heavy fire as they pursued the militants, before shooting back at them, the ministry said.
“This led to the deaths of the mentioned leader and seven of the terrorist elements,” of whom two had been identified as Muslim Brotherhood members wanted in other cases, it said.