Egypt plans new swoop in a third Giza town

Security sources said operation aims "to prevent gunmen and terrorists in Kerdasa from fleeing," as four people, including two soldiers, were injured in a bomb attack on a security checkpoint in Cairo

Egypt plans new swoop in a third Giza town

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egyptian security forces are planning a major crackdown operation on "criminal hideouts" in the Giza city of Saff, a security source has said.

The swoop "is part of a security plan to clear criminal hideouts", the source said.

According to the source, wanted Muslim Brotherhood leaders are taking refuge in the area.

The operation will start following the end of an ongoing crackdown in the Giza city of Kerdasa, the source said.

Egyptian army and police forces stormed Kerdasa last week with the stated aim of arresting suspects believed to be involved in an attack on a local police station last month, which left at least 11 police personnel dead.

Security forces also stormed the neighboring city of Nahyya, a stronghold of the Gamaa Islamiya.

Security sources said the operation aims "to prevent gunmen and terrorists in Kerdasa from fleeing".

Earlier this month, security forces had stormed the Dalga village in Upper Egypt to arrest suspects involved in acts of violence and attacks on churches and police stations.

4 injured in Cairo attack

Meanwhile, four people, including two soldiers, were injured in a bomb attack on a security checkpoint in Cairo on Friday.

Unidentified assailants hurled a bomb at the checkpoint in Mostorod district, north of Cairo, security sources said.

Two soldiers and two passers-by were wounded in the attack.

Meanwhile, a home-made bomb was thrown at a security checkpoint in Qalyubia.

The attack caused damage to police vehicles, but no casualties were reported.

Egypt has been in the throes of political violence since the army's July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Earlier this month, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim survived an attempt on his life in Cairo.

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