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.


Yemeni army expels Houthis militia from Awaja district in Hajjah province

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Yemeni army expels Houthis militia from Awaja district in Hajjah province

  • The progress was made following a covert military operation launched by the army with support from the Arab coalition
  • Dozens of militants were killed and wounded during the clashes as the Yemeni army recovered weapons and ammunition from the Houthis

DUBAI:  Yemen’s army forces have taken control of new areas east of Hiran province after heavy clashes with the Iran-backed Houthi militia, according to Saudi state-news agency SPA.

A Yemeni military source said that the progress was made following a covert military operation launched by the army with support from the Arab coalition, and was able to liberate the Awaja area and a number of farms east of Hiran.

Dozens of militants were killed and wounded during the clashes as the Yemeni army recovered weapons and ammunition from the Houthis.

In a statement issued to the Yemeni army’s official website, 26 September, the source said that the militia fled their positions after planting hundred of mines and explosive devices.