Egypt: Police kill 40 suspected terrorists after Giza blast

It said authorities acted after receiving information the suspects were preparing a series of attacks against state and tourist institutions and churches.

Egypt: Police kill 40 suspected terrorists after Giza blast
This picture taken on December 28, 2018 shows a tourist bus which was hit by a deadly bombing being towed away from the scene in Giza province south of the Egyptian capital Cairo (AFP Photo)

CAIRO: At least 40 suspected terrorists were killed in separate raids by Egyptian security officials in connection with bomb blast near Giza pyramid here. CNN quoted state media as reporting that the raids were conducted at dawn on Saturday.

30 alleged “terrorists” were killed in separate raids in Giza governorate, home to Egypt’s famed pyramids and the scene of Friday’s deadly bombing, while 10 others were killed in the restive North Sinai, the interior ministry said without directly linking them to the attack.

Three suspected hideouts of terrorists who were planning a hostile attack during the holiday season were targeted, stated Egypt’s Interior Ministry according to the state-run Al-Ahram online newspaper.

It said authorities acted after receiving information the suspects were preparing a series of attacks against state and tourist institutions and churches.

Citing a ministry statement, Al-Ahram revealed that ammunition, firearms and improvised explosive devices were seized in significant numbers.

The statement asserted that the raids were ordered “as a continuation of the ministry’s efforts in chasing terrorist elements involved in the implementation of hostile operations seeking to destabilize the country’s security”.

“Information was available to the national security sector about the preparation and planning of a series of terrorist attacks targeting state institutions, especially economy, tourism industry, armed forces, police and Christian houses of worship,” the statement read.

As many as four people including three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian tour guide lost their lives in a roadside bombing that targeted a tourist bus here on Friday, Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadek has confirmed.

Sadek stated that the blasts which took place in the Haram district of Giza, famous for the Egyptian pyramids, injured 11others by an improvised explosive device that was hidden near a wall.

With agencies input