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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Egypt Militants Killed

CAIRO, Egypt ) -- Four suspected Moslem militants and one policeman were shot dead Wednesday after a 400-strong police force clashed with the Islamist gunmen in southern Egypt, security sources said.

They said two policemen and a passer-by were injured in the gun battle in the vast fields around Nazlet el-Badraman village more than 240 kilometers south of Cairo.

Police rushed to the area early Wednesday with two armored personnel carriers but the militants -- believed to be members of the Gama'a al-Islamiya fighting for the last four years to overthrow the government -- hid in the palm trees and were able to kill policeman Salamah Ghoneim and wound the other two.

The police then began to fire at the tree tops, sending the bodies of the militants, which included a former police officer and three other government employees, tumbling to the ground.