At Least 52 Officers and Conscripts Killed in Egypt Gun Battle

16 Egyptian police officers killed in shootout in Giza

16 Egyptian police officers killed in shootout in Giza

The ministry said in a statement that 15 terrorists were either killed or injured in the armed clash, adding that 13 policemen and officers were also injured.

Militant group Hasm is said to have links with the Islamic State.

"We learned with sorrow that yesterday (Oct. 20) many security forces who have been attacked by terrorists in the city of Giza in Egypt have lost their lives and were wounded", a statement said.

The Egyptian authorities have not released an official death toll yet.

The interior minister confirmed that the security forces are now combing the area and chasing the remaining attackers, urging media outlets to validate information and tip-offs before broadcast to avoid unwanted repercussions. Cairo has struggled to contain an insurgency since its military led a coup against Egypt's first democratically-elected leader.

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In total, 53 members of the security service died, sources told the BBC.

But an AFP reporter did not see the strongman leader at an open-air ceremony involving foreign dignitaries, and his office said he had cancelled his participation in a number of other engagements. The Muslim Brotherhood denies this.

Al-Arabiya correspondent in Cairo reported on Friday that 16 security forces personnel were killed in clashes with militants in Giza, southwest Cairo.

Terrorist attacks, mainly targeting police and military, increased after the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule.

IS has maintained a steady war of attrition with sniper attacks and roadside bombings.

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