Security forces killed on Tuesday two “extremely dangerous” criminal suspects in a shootout in Qena in Upper Egypt, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.
Police received information that a suspect accused of murder and drug-related charges was hiding along with four others in the Hosaynat village in the governorate of Qena, according to ministry’s statement.
Security forces backed by combat groups launched an extensive campaign to target the group, which the statement described as “extremely dangerous.”
A third suspect was arrested, while two others escaped, the ministry added.
In August 2017, a police officer and three suspects were killed during an exchange of fire in Qena governorate in a security raid. Furthermore, a police officer and three suspects were killed on Tuesday in an exchange of fire in Qena governorate during a security raid, state media reported.
The killed suspects were involved in the bombing of churches in Luxor.
In April 2014, two police officers were killed in a shootout with “criminal elements” when their patrol came under fire in the Upper Egypt village of Qena.
Upper Egypt has been facing from the same militancy Egypt has been facing ever since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.