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7 policemen, 3 civilians killed in Egypt's Giza blast

(Xinhua) Updated: 2016-01-22 09:24

7 policemen, 3 civilians killed in Egypt's Giza blast

Security forces detain a man at the scene of a bomb blast in a main street in Giza, Egypt, January 21, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]


CAIRO - A blast killed 10 people, including seven policemen Thursday evening as security forces raided a terrorist hideout in Egypt's Giza province near the capital Cairo, Egypt's state-run Ahram online reported.

The blast occurred when policemen attempted to defuse a bomb that was found at an apartment used as a hideout by a terrorist group in Giza's Mariotya district.

The explosion also left 13 injured; two of them are in critical conditions.

Egypt's Ministry of Interior said a security force stormed the apartment after receiving information that a group of terrorists were hiding inside.

Egypt has been facing anti-government attacks, mostly in the Sinai Peninsula, which killed hundreds of police and soldiers since 2013.

Most of the terror attacks have been claimed by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis militant group, which has changed its name to "Sinai State" and declared loyalty to the Islamic State.

Military continuous massive operations in the peninsula have killed hundreds of militants as part of the country's "war against terrorism."

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