CAIRO (Reuters) – At least sixteen police officers were killed in a shoot-out during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in Egypt s Western desert, two security sources said on Friday.
A number of suspected militants were also killed and security forces are continuing to comb the area, a statement by the Interior Ministry said.
Egypt is facing an Islamist insurgency concentrated in the Sinai peninsula from two main groups, including an Islamic State affiliate, that has killed hundreds of security forces since 2013.
Islamist militants have launched several major attacks, most recently targeting churches in Cairo and other cities with the loss of dozens of lives.
The security sources said authorities were following a lead to a hideout deep in the heart of the desert thought to house eight suspected members of Hasm, a group which has claimed several attacks around the capital targeting judges and policemen since last year.
The number of dead was expected to rise, the security sources said.
The suspected militants tried to flee after the exchange of fire, the sources said, and continued to fire from higher ground at a second security unit called in for backup . They also detonated explosive devices.
Two security sources said 8 security personnel were injured in the clashes, while another source said that four of the injured were police officers and four others suspected militants.
Egypt accuses Hasm of being the militant wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group it outlawed in 2013 . The Muslim Brotherhood denies this.
The Islamist insurgency in the Sinai peninsula has grown since the military overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in mid-2013 following mass protests against his rule.
The militant group staging the insurgency pledged allegiance to Islamic State in 2014 .
It is blamed for the killing of hundreds of soldiers and policemen and has started to target other areas, including Egypt s Christian Copts.
Reporting by Ahmed Mohamed Hassan, Additional reporting by Mostafa Hashem; Writing by Nadine Awadalla; Editing by Ralph Boulton
A hotel security guard who was the first victim of the Las Vegas massacre people has spoken of what happened of the first time.
Jesus Campos was on duty at the Mandalay Bay hotel and was the first to confront gunman Stephen Paddock1 . Police have given a series of conflicting accounts of how events then panned out amid serious questions over the response time. The hotel has also come under scrutiny over their security arrangments.
Campos would appear to be the only person who can conclusively clear up the dispute. He was due to give a series of TV interviews last week but cancelled at the last minute.
On Wednesday he finally appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to give his first public account of how he responded to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S . history. The guard told DeGeneres he had been called to check on an open stairwell door near Paddock s suite on the 32nd floor.
He found it was blocked by a metal bracket, and he called hotel security to send up a building engineer.
Jesus Campos speaks on the Ellen DeGeneres Show about the Las Vegas shooting (Image: REUTERS) He was joined by engineer Stephen Schuck who was also present (Image: REUTERS)
“At that time I heard what I assumed was drilling sounds and I believed that they were in the area working somehow,” said Campos, who was joined for the interview by the engineer, Stephen Schuck. Campos said he took cover when Paddock began shooting from behind the door.
I felt a burning sensation . I went to go lift my pant leg up and I saw the blood,” he went on.
“That s when I called it in on my radio that shots have been fired.”
Paddock killed 58 and injured more than 500 in the mass shooting (Image: Getty Images North America)
After he was hit, Campos said, he used his cellphone to call the hotel s security desk in order to keep the emergency radio frequencies clear. When Schuck arrived on the 32nd floor, Campos leaned out and he said, Take cover !
Take cover ! and yelled at me, Schuck said.
“Within milliseconds, if he didn t say that, I would have got hit.”
Las Vegas Sheriff Lombardo has come under criticism for the police account of what happened (Image: Twitter/@ABC) Paddock killed himself as police waited outside his hotel room (Image: REUTERS) Investigators have yet to establish what drove Paddock to carry out the massacre (Image: Internet Unknown)
Police have said that Paddock, a 64-year-old avid gambler, fatally shot himself before they entered the room. He wounded almost 550 people when he opened fire on an outdoor concert from his window, according to authorities, and strafed the hotel hallway with about 200 bullets.
Las Vegas police on Friday presented a third version of the timeline for the shooting that showed they responded immediately to the gunfire, and that Paddock shot Campos at about the same time he opened fire on concertgoers.
Published: 10:23 Tuesday 17 October 2017
A security guard was hit over the head by a robber while delivering cash to Morrisons this morning, police said.
The man, who works for private firm G4S, was targeted while making a delivery to the supermarket, in Squires Gate Lane, South Shore, at around 9.20am. “The offenders have grabbed a cash cassette from his hand and made off in a white car,” a force spokeswoman said in a statement. Detectives were called to the scene, while the white Hyundai i20 was found in nearby Sandon Place.1
The scene of the robbery was cordoned off, with police tape stretched around a blue G4S security van. A spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service did not find any record of an ambulance being called to the crime scene. Gareth Skinner, head of operational risk for G4S Cash Solutions, said: “One of our cash crews was the victim of a brazen attack during a routine service on Squires Gate Lane in Blackpool . Fortunately our colleague has not suffered any serious injuries but understandably he has been shaken by the attack.
“We are working closely with Lancashire Police and I would urge anyone who may have been nearby and seen this attack to get in touch with the police or dial 101 so that those behind it can be brought to justice. Morrisons has been approached for a comment.
- ^ Detectives were called to the scene, while the white Hyundai i20 was found in nearby Sandon Place. (www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk)