18 November 2017 12:14 PM

Wahat Terrorist Attack

Saturday، 21 October 2017 - 12:42 PM

The Interior Ministry said Friday security forces are still combing El Wahat road of Giza governorate in search for runaway terrorists.

Interior Ministry’s statements

Statement No. 1

The Interior Ministry has announced that “a number of policemen” were killed and injured during a shootout following a raid on “a terrorist elements’ hideout” on Egypt’s Western Desert Friday.

It added that a number of terrorist elements were also killed during the shootout. 

The raid took place after a national security unit was informed of the hideout in an attack in a desert area of El Wahat to the West of Cairo.

According to the statement, the shootout took place when forces were attempting to raid the hideout, leading to an exchange of fire initiated by the militants.

The police said a number of militants were also killed during the shootout, but didn't release any figures about the deaths either of militants or of police.

Statement No. 2

The Interior Ministry said, in a statement, that the security forces are still combing El Wahat road of Giza governorate in search for runaway terrorists.

The Interior Ministry confirmed the deaths of 16 policemen.

Among the victims were 11 officers, four privates and one Sergeant, the Ministry statement said. In addition, the search continues for a single officer from the security Directorate of Giza.

It is also reported that 13 officers were injured, among them four officers and 9 privates.

Statement No. 3

The recordings circulated by some media outlets about the Wahat shootout are false and baseless, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Interior's security media center.

The statement added that those recordings came from unreliable source and provided inaccurate details about the Friday clashes.

The Ministry of Interior urged newspapers and the mass media to check the accuracy of news with official sources of the ministry, pointing out that spreading such recordings confuses public opinion and reflects the lack of responsibility in media.

The ministry also demanded the mass media to ignore those recordings and do not rely on them as sources of information.

International Reactions

Iraq condemns Egypt's terrorist attack

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry condemned on Sunday 22/10/2017 the terrorist attack that left several Egyptian policemen dead and wounded.

Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Mahgoub said Iraq condemns this terrorist attack targeting Egyptian police and offers heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims.

He expressed denunciation of all terrorist attacks targeting civilians and their full support of Egypt in face of terrorism.

On Friday, militants opened fire on a group of Egyptian policemen during a raid on their hideout on al Wahat road.

The forces reportedly went to the mission following a tip-off about the terrorist hideout.

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Spain condemns Wahat terror attack

Spain has strongly condemned a terrorist attack that occurred on the Wahat road, near Giza, on Friday.

In a press release, issued by its embassy in Cairo on Sunday 22/10/2017, the Spanish government offered condolences to the Egyptian authorities and the families of the victims.

The statement asserted support for Cairo in the fight against terror.

Sixteen police officers and personnel were killed in the shoot-out.

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Belarus Ambassador condemns Wahat terror attack

Ambassador of Belarus in Cairo Sergei Rachkov condemned on Sunday 22/10/2017 a terrorist attack that killed 16 of the Egyptian police on the Wahat road on Friday.

In statements, Rachkov asserted support for Cairo in the fight against terror, offering condolences to the Egyptian state, people and the families of the victims.

He wished a speedy recovery for the injured.

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Canada’s Embassy condemns El Wahat terror attack

The Canadian Embassy in Cairo on Saturday 21/10/2017 condemned Friday's terrorist attack that took place on El Wahat desert way in Giza.

On its twitter page, the embassy said “Our deepest condolences to the families of the police officers killed yesterday in Bahariya Oasis in Egypt's Western Desert.”

“We wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured. Canada continues to stand with Egypt against such acts of terrorism.”

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Haftar mourns Egypt's police martyrs

Commander of the Libyan army Khalifa Haftar mourned on Sunday 22/10/2017 Egyptian policemen who were killed and wounded in a coward terrorist attack in Al Wahat area in Giza Friday.

Haftar offered his heartfelt condolences to Egyptian people and government over the victims of the terrorist attack.

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US condemns Egypt terrorist attack

The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack against Egyptian security forces near the Bahariya Oasis yesterday, which killed dozens of Egyptian personnel and wounded many others.  We offer our profound condolences to the families of the deceased and the government and people of Egypt, and extend our best wishes for the full and speedy recovery of those injured.

The United States stands with Egypt at this difficult time, as we continue to work together to fight the scourge of terrorism.

US Embassy official website

FM receives condolences from his French, Italian counterparts

On the 21st of October, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Sameh Shoukry received phone calls from the ministers of foreign affairs of France and Italy offering condolences with regard to the martyrs of the vicious attack in Al-Wahat, which led to the martyrdom and injury of a number of heroes of the Egyptian police.

The Official Spokesperson of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs clarified that the two ministers stressed the full support of France and Italy to Egypt, government and people, against terrorism. They also strongly condemned the attack. The Spokesperson noted that Mr. Shoukry affirmed that such lowly acts will not weaken the will of the army and police as they will continue eradicating   the roots of terrorism through sacrificing all what is precious and valuable for the sake of the security and stability of Egypt. He also said that Egypt values the positions of all the friendly nations that offer support in hard times.

UAE, Oman denounce Wahat terrorist attack

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman on Saturday denounced Friday's Wahat terrorist attack that left several policemen dead and wounded.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar bin Mohamed Qarqash underlined his country's support and solidarity with efforts of the Egyptian government for fighting terrorism.

This terrorist crime will not sap the determination of the Egyptian people for uprooting terrorism, he added, in statements to the UAE news agency (WAM).

Also, Oman condemned the terrorist attack, according to the Omani news agency.

Oman is siding with Egypt until ending the scourge of terrorism, the agency quoted an Omani Foreign Ministry statement as having said.

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AL chief mourns victims of terrorism

Arab League (AL) Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit on Saturday mourned the victims of Wahat terrorist attack that left several policemen dead and wounded on Friday.

In press statements, AL Spokesman Mahmoud Afify said that Abul Gheit is denouncing with the strongest words the terrorist attack that targeted Egyptian security men in Wahat desert.

Abul Gheit underlined full support for the Egyptian State in its battle against terrorism that is seeking to intimidate the Egyptian people, said the spokesman.

The attack confirms once again the big danger posed by terrorism against the Arab societies, the spokesman quoted the AL chief as saying.

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German embassy in Cairo mourns terror victims

The German embassy here on Saturday mourned the victims of a terrorist operation that took place in Wahat area on Friday leaving several policemen dead and wounded.

In a released statement, the embassy said that there is no justification for acts of violence.

Berlin is siding with the Egyptian people in their war against terrorism, added the embassy, which extended condolences to the families of the martyrs and wished speedy recovery for the wounded.

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UK amb. mourns Egypt policemen killed in terror attack

British Ambassador to Egypt John Casson expressed condolences to the families of policemen killed in a terrorist attack on Friday in the Wahat desert of Giza.

On his twitter page, the ambassador asserted that Egypt and the UK are standing side by side to confront terrorism.

The Interior Ministry said Friday a number of policemen were killed in a shootout following a raid on a hideout used terrorist cell on el Wahat desert way.

It added that a number of terrorist elements were also killed during the shootout.

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Saudi Arabia condemns terrorist attack in Egypt

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expressed its strong condemnation of the terrorist attack on security forces in Egypt's Giza, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

An official at the Saudi Foreign Ministry offered condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, the governments and people of Egypt. He wished the injured a quick recovery.

Also, he reiterated the Kingdom's solidarity with Egypt in its fight against terrorism and extremism.

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Libyan foreign ministry voices solidarity with Egypt against terrorism

The Foreign Ministry of the Libyan interim government on Saturday extended condolences to the Egyptian government over the death of dozens of security personnel in Friday's terror attack that took place in Wahat area in Egypt's Giza governorate.

In a statement on Saturday 21/10/2017, the ministry condoled with Egypt's president, people and families of the martyrs.

The Libyan interim government reiterated its absolute solidarity with Egypt in its battle against terrorism which targets country's security, the statement read.

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France expresses solidarity with Egypt over Wahat terrorist attack

French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed solidarity with Egypt over Friday's terrorist attack in Giza's Wahat area which left behind scores of Egyptian police personnel dead and injured.

In a statement on Saturday 21/10/2017, the French top diplomat expressed condolences to the families of the victims and wished those injured speedy recovery.

H said Egypt and its security forces once again pay dearly for countering terrorism, stressing France's support for Egypt's stability in such hard time.

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Local Reactions

Blood of martyrs will boost determination to uproot terror-- spokesman

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid on Saturday said that cowardly terrorism is hiding inside the hotbeds of shame and disgrace.

In a tweet, he added that the clean blood of Egyptian martyrs will enhance the Egyptians' determination to uproot terrorism.

A terrorist attack took place on Friday in Al Wahat area leaving scores of Egyptian policemen dead and wounded.

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Coptic Catholic Patriarch condemns Watah terror attack

Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria Ibrahim Isaac on Friday mourned police personnel who were killed in a terrorist attack in the desert of Wahat.

 

In a statement, Isaac offered condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

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Matrouh governor mourns terror victims

Marsa Matrouh Governor Major General Alaa Abu Zeid on Saturday mourned the victims of Wahat terrorist attack that left several policemen dead and wounded on Friday.

In a released statement, the governor extended condolences to the Ministry of Interior and families of the victims.

He confirmed that terrorist crimes will not discourage the Egyptian people. Rather these crimes will increase the Egyptians' determination to uproot terrorism, he added.

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Aviation minister mourns victims of Wahat terrorist attack

Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathy and all ministry workers on Saturday mourned the victims of Wahat terrorist attack that took place on Friday leaving scores of policemen dead and wounded.

In a released statement, he extended condolences to the families of the victims and the Egyptian people.

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Environment minister mourns terror victims

Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy on Saturday mourned the victims of a terrorist attack that targeted policemen in Wahat area on Friday.

In a press statement, he said the clean blood of the brave servicemen will not go in vain and terrorists will not be able to tamper with the future of the sons of Egypt.

The Egyptian soldiers will remain steadfast standing up to any terrorist operation until uprooting terrorism from Egypt, he added.

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CAOA mourns martyrs of Wahat terror attack

Head of the Central Authority for Organization and Administration (CAOA) Mohammed Gamil on Saturday mourned the victims of policemen who were killed during an exchange of fire with terrorists in Wahat area, Western Desert.

Gamil extended condolences to the families of the martyrs.

The sacrifices of policemen and Armed Forces will always remain the driving force behind Egyptians' determination to achieve development, CAOA noted.

He added that such cowardly attacks will not undermine the steadfastness of the Egyptian people for fighting terrorism.

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Planning minister condoles with Egyptians over terror victims

Minister of Planning and Administrative Reform Hala el Saeed on Saturday extended condolences to the Egyptian people over the victims of Friday's terrorist attack that took place in Wahat area leaving several policemen dead and wounded.

In press statements, she said that the brave policemen were killed while fighting cowardly terrorists.

The clean blood of the martyrs will pave the way of glory for the homeland, she said, pointing out that "our heroes will not be deterred by terrorism".

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Prosecutor General assigns state security prosecutor to investigate Wahat incident

Prosecutor General Nabil Ahmed Sadeq assigned the Supreme State Security Prosecution to start immediate investigations into Friday's terror act that occurred in Wahat area in the Western Desert and left scores of policemen dead and injured.

A prosecution team, led by first attorney-general of the Supreme State Security Prosecution counselor Khaled Diaa el Din, headed to police hospitals in Agouza, Nasr City and el Shorouk city to examine the victims' bodies and listen to testimonies of the wounded.

Police hospitals have so far received 17 policemen killed and injured in the incident.

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