Four alleged Muslim Brotherhood terrorists were killed in a shoot-out with police forces in Alexandria, according to an official statement released by the Interior Ministry on Wednesday.
The statement explained that the members of the alleged terrorist cell were meeting in an apartment in the Agamy district to plot an attack on one of Alexandria’s police checkpoints. “Once [the terrorists] noticed the existence of police, they heavily fired at the forces, which led to an exchange of fire that led to their death,” the statement explained.
The four people that were killed were Mohamed al-Amoury, Ammar Abdel Meguid, Hamada Fathelbab and Mohamed Abdel Wahab. Weapons were confiscated during the raid, the statement added.
This is the third incident targeting Brotherhood members in security raids of alleged Brotherhood headquarters in different governorates. Security forces usually refer to this targeting as “liquidation” of “terrorist elements.”
Brotherhood supporters often deny the police’s claims, accusing security forces of killing Muslim Brotherhood members who are peaceful and in situations that do not require in any form of violence to complete the arrests.
On Friday, a similar raid left nine Brotherhood members killed in the Giza district of Ousem, when security forces allegedly exchanged fire with Brotherhood members allegedly plotting to attack police and military forces in the city. The Interior Ministry explained that the targeted group was hiding in a farm when they fired at police for half an hour, before security forces “liquidated” them. Two of the alleged terrorists attempted a suicide bombing during the raid, but police forces managed to kill them first, according to the ministry.
The Interior Ministry accused the nine Brotherhood members of killing a low-ranking police officer in Kerdasa and bombing five electricity towers in Giza, claiming that they were planning to target more security forces after confiscating a map of police stations in the city.
The first incident of this kind took place on July 1 and left nine Brotherhood members dead in an apartment in 6th of October City, two days after the assassination of Prosecutor General Hesham Barakat. Similarly, police claimed that the alleged terrorists fired at police forces first. However, a Muslim Brotherhood statement at the time claimed that the raid targeted a peaceful committee meeting meant help families of political detainees.
“The Muslim Brotherhood denounces murder and violence,” the statement said, adding that it holds President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi responsible for the incident.