Egypt's security forces kill 2 men over assassination of senior military officer

Sunday 25-12-2016 12:26 PM

A police officer stands in front of the Ministry of Interior's headquarters - Reuters

CAIRO, Dec. 25 (Aswat Masriya) - Egypt's interior ministry announced early on Sunday the killing of two men involved in the assassination of a senior army officer in an exchange of fire in Menoufia governorate.

The two men were believed to be responsible for killing Brigadier General Adel Ragaai in front of his house in Obour City, 35km north-east of Cairo in October.

According to the statement, the two men were also behind an attack on a security checkpoint in Menoufia.

Investigations showed that the two men, aged 24 and 36, were planning to meet at dawn to prepare a terrorist attack.  

The statement said that the hideout of the group was a farm owned by fugitive Tarek Guweili, a member of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. Automatic firearms as well as materials used in manufacturing explosive devices were found in the hideout.

The interior ministry added that the car used in the assassination was found in a water canal during the raid.

A group calling itself Liwa' al-Thawra (Revolution Brigade) claimed responsibility for the assassination, saying in a tweet that they shoot Ragaai in the head and took his weapon.

The group released a video in November revealing the details of the assassination as well as showing alleged violations by army forces, accusing Ragaai of being responsible for killing hundreds and detaining thousands.

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