Suspected militants die in Egyptian shoot-out


Egyptian security forces killed five suspected militants plotting to carry out unspecified “hostile operations”, the interior ministry said.

The men were killed after they opened fire on security forces approaching them in a mountainous area of Assiut, the ministry said in a statement.

The forces found ammunition, weapons and organisational documents at the scene, it said. It did not identify the suspects or say if there were casualties or wounded among the security forces.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered the armed forces last November to defeat Islamist militants within three months after an attack on a mosque in Sinai killed more than 300 people.

Defeating the militants and restoring security after years of unrest has been a key Sisi promise.

Sisi’s critics accuse him of cracking down on all dissent, but supporters say tough measures are needed to stabilise Egypt, rocked by years of unrest after protests toppled veteran leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011.