Several days ago, police in Egypt reported that they had killed one suspect in the Minya bus attacks in a shootout. Now, the number of suspects killed is up to three. The police gained the location of the militants after police arrested a fourth militant who led them to the militants’ hideout. Police also reported that a police officer was killed in the attack. In addition to weapons, police also found gold jewelry that they assume belonged to Coptic Christian victims.
08/12/2017 Egypt (Al Arabiya) – Egypt’s interior ministry said on Thursday a policeman and three militants suspected of involvement in deadly attacks against the country’s Coptic Christian minority were killed in a shootout
Police had arrested one member of the cell who led them to their mountain hideout in the southern province of Qena where the two other militants opened fire on Tuesday, the ministry said.
The two suspects, who have not been identified, were killed in the ensuing firefight, along with the informer and a police officer guarding him.
Egypt is battling a local affiliate of ISIS which has claimed attacks that have killed more than 100 Copts since December.
At the hideout, police found weapons and “gold jewellery which was probably stolen from some of the Christian victims” of a massacre earlier this year.
On May 26, ISIS gunmen killed 29 Copts as they travelled in a bus to Saint Samuel monastery in Minya province south of the Egyptian capital.