Egyptian security forces today engaged in a lengthy shootout with Islamist militants in al Qanatir al Khayriyah, approximately 20 miles north of Cairo. According to Egypt’s Interior Ministry, those targeted were members of Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis).
Five of members of the jihadist group were killed and four others arrested, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. At least two security personnel were also killed in the shootout, which saw the militants use firearms as well as explosive belts, among other weaponry.
The Interior Ministry’s statement did not specify the names of the jihadists captured or killed, but said they had been involved in a number of recent attacks in the Cairo area, including the March 15 killing of six army officers at a checkpoint. That attack has yet to be claimed.