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At least 55 police killed during raid on militant hideout in Egypt

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Egyptian security officials say at least 55 policemen have been killed in a shootout during a raid on a militant hideout near Cairo, reported ITV News (US).

Egypt's Interior Ministry said the raid happened after security officials learned of a group of militants hiding in the Giza province near Cairo. Militants began firing at the officers as they approached the location.

The number including 20 officers and 34 conscripts.
The officials said that the exchange of fire took place late Friday in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya area in Giza governorate, about 84 miles from the capital after security services moved in.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the death toll could increase.

According to one report, the militants were members of Islamist militant group Hasm, which has claimed responsibility for attacks over the past year in Egypt.
The ministry said militants also died in the shootout.

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