Egypt says 3 militants killed in Giza shootout

This file photo shows a view of the skyline of the Egyptian city of Giza, twin to the capital Cairo as seen from the Cairo Tower on December 17, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 30 December 2017
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Egypt says 3 militants killed in Giza shootout

CAIRO: Egypt’s Interior Ministry says it has killed three members of a militant group it considers a splinter of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.
Saturday’s statement by the ministry says the militants, belonging to the Hasm movement, were killed in an exchange of fire during a raid on their hideout in Giza. It added that 10 other members of the group were arrested in other raids.
The militants, the ministry says, were planning attacks targeting the Coptic celebrations of Christmas on Jan.7.
Hasm routinely targets security personnel. Militant attacks have surged in Egypt since the military’s 2013 ouster of an elected Islamist president.
On Friday, a shootout outside Cairo church and at a nearby store killed at least nine in an attack claimed by the extremist Daesh group.


Turkey launches air strike on Iraqi Kurdistan after killing of diplomat

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Turkey launches air strike on Iraqi Kurdistan after killing of diplomat

  • Turkish vice consul to Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region was shot dead Wednesday in the local capital Irbil
  • Turkish separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is suspected to be involved in the killing

ANKARA: Turkey on Thursday launched an air attack on Iraqi Kurdistan in response to the killing of a Turkish diplomat in the region, the country’s defense minister said.
The Turkish vice consul to Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region was shot dead Wednesday in the local capital Irbil. Police sources said two other people were also killed.
There was no claim of responsibility for the shooting, but many Iraqi experts have pointed to the probability that the Turkish separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Ankara considers a terrorist group, was behind the attack.
“Following the evil attack in Irbil, we have launched the most comprehensive air operation on Qandil and dealt a heavy blow to the (PKK) terror organization,” defense minister Hulusi Akar said in a statement.
Targets such as “armaments positions, lodgings, shelters and caves belonging to terrorists” were destroyed.
“Our fight against terror will continue with increasing determination until the last terrorist is neutralized and the blood of our martyrs will be avenged,” he added.
The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which now leads the regional government, enjoys good political and trade relations with Turkey.
But Turkey has been conducting a ground offensive and bombing campaign since May in the mountainous northern region to root out the PKK which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984.
Earlier this month, the PKK announced that one of those raids killed senior PKK leader Diyar Gharib Mohammed along with two other fighters.
A spokesman for the PKK’s armed branch denied the group was involved in Wednesday’s shooting.