Egyptian security forces killed six suspected militants in a raid on their hideout in the Bahariya Oasis early (local time) on Thursday, September 5. Weapons were reportedly seized at the site following the exchange of gunfire between security forces and the militants, who were allegedly planning to carry out attacks targeting state facilities.
Similar counterterrorism raids are to be expected in Egypt over the near term.
The operation comes as Egyptian security forces continue to carry out counterterrorism raids under the auspices of "Comprehensive Operation - Sinai 2018," which aims to neutralize militant and terrorist groups operating in the Sinai, Nile Delta, and the Western Desert.
Individuals in Egypt are advised to monitor the situation, refrain from travel to the Western Desert and Bahariya Oasis, report suspicious behavior and objects to the authorities, remain vigilant when visiting areas vulnerable to terrorist attacks (e.g. tourist sites, churches, international and government buildings, public transportation hubs, etc.), and anticipate similar security operations over the near term. Adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and your home government.
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