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18 Oct 2018 | 10:34 PM UTC

Egypt: Security operation conducted along Nile River Oct. 15

Egypt News Alert

Egyptian security forces kill nine suspected militants during operation along the Nile River between Assiut and Sohag October 15

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/15/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/22/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Cairo). COUNTRY/REGION Assiut, Egypt, Sohag

Event

Egypt’s Interior Ministry announced that security forces raided a suspected militant hideout along the Nile River on Monday, October 15. According to officials, nine people were killed during the operation, which occurred between the cities of Assiut and Sohag. The authorities claim the suspects were planning to attack vital installations in the area. Assault rifles, ammunition, and explosives were reportedly recovered by the security forces.

Context

Security forces are currently conducting a significant counterterrorism operation in Egypt. The "Sinai 2018" operation aims to eradicate suspected militant and criminal cells in the Sinai Peninsula, the Nile Delta, and the Western Desert, as well as reinforce state control along the country's borders. The Egyptian police and the army have been placed on maximum alert in these regions for the duration of the operation.

Advice

Due to the prevailing terrorism threat, individuals throughout Egypt should report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities and always be on guard when visiting sites deemed particularly vulnerable to an attack (i.e. public transportation, train stations, ports, airports, public or government buildings, embassies or consulates, international organizations, schools and universities, religious sites, markets, hotels and restaurants frequented by foreigners/Westerners, festivals, etc.). Many governments advise against travel to North Sinai, where authorities maintain a media blackout and special security zones amid the ongoing anti-terrorist campaign.

 

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