Terrorism & Insurgency

Sophisticated militant ambush in Egypt’s Western Desert indicates increased jihadist attack capability outside Sinai

23 October 2017


Jihadist militants on 20 October ambushed successively two detachments of Egyptian police on the Wahat road near the Bahariya oasis, approximately 135 km south of Cairo in the Western Desert of Giza governorate.

The exact number of casualties is still disputed. The interior ministry claimed that 16 security force personnel and 11 militants were killed in the attack. Anonymous interviews that Egyptian security officials have given to international media have disputed that figure, with the death toll stated to be at least 55 security personnel, including both senior officers and conscripts. The attacks were a sophisticated ambush by as-yet unidentified militants, for which no group has as yet claimed responsibility.

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