Raid erupts into gunfight as dozens of police officers killed in Egypt

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Several other local media reported similar death tolls.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was scheduled yesterday to attend events in the northern town of El Alamein on Egypt's Mediterranean coast to mark the 75th anniversary of the pivotal Allied World War II victory in the Battle of El Alamein. In the name of combating the Islamist militancy, critics say he has suppressed political and social freedoms and jailed thousands of Islamists. Medics and security sources gave a death toll of 54 among police. The insurgency has continued even as Egypt's military and police forces claim to have killed thousands of suspected terrorists. "Islamic State" (IS) militants based in the Sinai Peninsula have also increased attacks across the country recently.

Two security sources said eight security personnel were injured in the clashes, while another source said that four of the injured were police officers and four others were suspected militants.

After he was deposed, extremist groups launched increasing numbers of attacks on the military and police.

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At least 12, including nine policemen, were also injured in the attack, according to police sources. Police and FC troops have reached the area, which has been cordoned off for gathering evidence.

The sources said authorities were following a lead to an apartment thought to house eight suspected members of Hasm, a group which has claimed several attacks around the capital targeting judges and policemen since previous year.

The officials said Saturday that the exchange of fire took place late Friday in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya area in Giza governorate, about 135 kilometers (84 miles) from the capital after security services moved in.

While the forces were moving towards the area, they were ambushed by militants who fired rocket-propelled grenades and detonated explosive devices.

No militant group has yet claimed involvement in the Giza firefight.

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