Egyptian forces kill six Muslim Brotherhood members in shootout

Cairo says police exchanged fire with members of banned Islamist group, who were ‘planning a series of terror operations’

Illustrative photo of Egyptian riot police stand guard in Cairo, January 28, 2014. (AFP/Mahmoud Khaled)
Illustrative photo of Egyptian riot police stand guard in Cairo, January 28, 2014. (AFP/Mahmoud Khaled)

CAIRO — Six Muslim Brotherhood members have been killed in a shootout with Egyptian police on the outskirts of Cairo, the interior ministry said Tuesday.

In a brief statement, the ministry said police exchanged fire with the “terrorist” group in 6 October City, on the southwestern edge of the capital, accusing it of “planning a series of terror operations.”

The announcement comes after rare protests against Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi broke out in several Egyptian cities on Friday and Saturday, with state media accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of influencing the protesters.

After the 2013 military overthrow of elected Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist group was banned and deemed a terror group.

Protesters chant slogans against the regime in Cairo, Egypt, September 21, 2019. (AP Photo/ Nariman El-Mofty)

An ongoing wide-scale crackdown has jailed thousands of Islamists and the authorities regularly raid and kill armed affiliates of the banned group.

Last month, Egyptian security forces killed 17 suspected militants over a deadly Cairo car blast that claimed some 20 lives.

In a meeting with US President Donald Trump on Monday in New York, Sissi was critical of what he called “political Islam.”

June 19, 2019: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi at a press conference in Bucharest, Romania (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

Sisi led the military ouster of Morsi in 2013, becoming president the following year.

Asked about the small-scale protests last week, he said “the region will remain in a state of instability as long as there’s political Islam vying for power.”

He referred to the one-year rule of the Brotherhood in Egypt.

The Islamist group threw its support behind protests calling for Sissi’s removal in a Friday statement.

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