Cairo army pair killed in shootout

Comment on this story
IOL pic jan28 bullet casings AFP File picture: AFP

Cairo - Two Egyptian army officers were killed on Wednesday in a shootout with Islamist militants, security sources said.

The exchange of gunfire erupted after an army colonel and brigadier general took part in a raid on a militant safehouse where the men were hiding in Qalubiya province, north of Cairo, the sources said.

Security sources said earlier the two officers were colonels but the army spokesman's Facebook page gave a different version of ranks.

The two officers were bomb disposal experts, the security sources said.

Islamist militants based in the Sinai peninsula near Israel's border have stepped up attacks on security forces since the army chief toppled president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July. Hundreds have been killed.

The Islamist insurgency has spread to other parts of the Arab world's biggest nation, including the capital Cairo. - Reuters


sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.