Egypt policeman, militant killed in Cairo raid

A suspected leader of a newly-emerged militant group, the Hasm Movement, and a policeman were killed during a police raid in the Egyptian capital, AFP reported Monday (December 19th).

Security forces raided a group hideout, where members "held organisational meetings and made explosive devices to be used in a series of hostile operations", in the October 6 district of western Cairo, the Interior Ministry said.

Hasm claimed responsibility for the December 11th bomb attack inside a Cairo church that killed 26 people and a December 9th bombing that killed six policemen in western Cairo.

The ministry said its forces responded to gunfire from inside the apartment, while a police official said on condition of anonymity that the incident took place on Saturday.

The group leader killed was named as Mohamed Abdel-Khaleq Farag Ali.

Hasm, in a statement circulated on social media, said one of its members was killed, identifying him as Mohamed Ashour Desheisha.

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