Senior police officer shot dead in clashes near Cairo
Published Thursday 19/09/2013 (updated) 21/09/2013 13:33
CAIRO (Ma’an) – An Egyptian police major general was shot dead Thursday in clashes with Islamist gunmen in the town of Kerdassah in the outskirts of Cairo, according to the Egyptian state TV.
The report highlighted that Egyptian forces stormed Kerdassah district in attempt to arrest fugitives suspected of murdering eleven police officers in the area in August after police dispersed a protest by supporters of ousted president Muhammad Mursi.
As the Egyptian forces approached Kerdassah, gunmen fired at them and the troops fired back gunshots and tear gas canisters, the TV report added. Deputy chief of Giza governorate police Major General Nabil Farraj was hit by a deadly gunshot to his flank during the raid on Kerdassah, according to the Egyptian state TV.
A military statement disseminated by the state TV claimed that Egyptian security forces managed to blockade Kerdassah and deploy several military vehicles including armored vehicles and riot dispersal trucks around the town.
“The operation aimed to canvass the area and chase certain criminals including those suspected of the deadly attack on Kertdassah police station,” the statement added.
Army helicopters hovered above the area.
Later on Egyptian security shut down several Metro stations after after two explosive devices were found in one of the stations.
The Egyptian news website El-Masri Elyoum highlighted that two explosve devices were defused by Egyptian army experts near Hilmiyyet al-Zaytoun Metro station. The report highlighted that the devices were placed on the rails about 100 away from the station.