Interior Ministry: 7 Hassm members killed, 1 police officer injured in Giza clashes

Egypt’s Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday that police forces killed seven people, whom it described as members of the Hassm militant group, in two related incidents that took place in Giza earlier that day.

One police officer was also injured in the clashes between security forces and the militants, the statement added.

According to the ministry’s account, three of the seven militants were in a white truck carrying an improvised explosive device in Giza when they opened fire on security forces, leading to a shootout in which the three militants were killed and on police officer was injured.

The statement did not clarify the location of the clashes, but the BBC cited a security source from the Interior Ministry as saying that it took place on the ring road in Giza.

According to the Interior Ministry statement, the three militants had left a residential apartment in 6th of October City that security forces later managed to locate and raid, killing four militants inside and seizing a large quantity of chemicals and tools used for the manufacture of explosives, as well as a number of weapons.

The State Security Prosecution has begun investigations into the incident, the ministry asserted.

Hassm — a militant splinter group from the Muslim Brotherhood — announced the launch of its activities in July of 2016 following the killing of Mahmoud Abdel Hameed, head of investigations of the Tamya district in the governorate of Fayoum. In August of the same year, Hassm claimed responsibility for the attempted assassination of the former Grand Mufti of Egypt Ali Gomaa, which took place near his home in 6th of October City.

The group was also involved in the September 2016 attempted assassination of assistant Prosecutor General Zakariya Abdel Aziz, attacking his motorcade as it passed near his workplace in the First Settlement district of Cairo. Hassm also claimed responsibility for an attack on a police checkpoint in Haram Street in December of the same year — which led to the death of six police personnel, including two officers — as well as the November 2016 attempted assassination of judge Ahmed Aboul Fotouh, in which a car bomb was detonated near his New Cairo home.

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