Egypt forces hunt down militants near Cairo
20 September 2013, 14:00
Cairo - Security forces on Friday hunted down militants in a
village near Cairo amid a lull in clashes with gunmen, as Egyptian state media
praised the "liberation" of Islamist bastion Kerdassah.
A police general was shot dead when security forces stormed
the village near the Giza pyramids on Thursday in the latest crackdown on
Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi.
The funeral of Giza deputy security chief Nabil Farrag was
due to take place after Friday prayers - at the same time as fresh protests
called by Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group.
State television said the fighting in Kerdassah had now
eased and that troops were carrying out house-to-house searches for Islamists
militants on the run.
State television said they were hunting for those
responsible for an August "massacre" of 11 policemen in Kerdassah.
The interior ministry said 68 wanted men have now been arrested
along with their weapons in the operation launched after dawn on Thursday.
The 11 policemen were found killed on August 14, just hours
after security forces cracked down on two camps of Morsi supporters in the
Egyptian media on Friday poured praise on the Kerdassah
"Kerdassah liberated of terrorism," said a
front-page headline in state newspaper Al-Gomhuriya, while independent daily
Al-Shoruk said: "The state is back, terrorism fades."
However Brotherhood newspaper Al-Hurriya Wal Adala blasted
security operations in Kerdassah and Delga earlier in the week as "a war
Security forces on Monday raided the central town of Delga
in Minya province, which was held by hardline Islamists for more than a month.
Egypt has been gripped by security-related problems since
the 2011 uprising that toppled long-time president Hosni Mubarak, but the
unrest surged after the military's ouster of Morsi on 3 July.
The army has also been engaged in a campaign in the Sinai
peninsula, pouring in troops and armour to crush militant attacks, which
increased after Morsi's ouster.
The Islamist president's removal came after millions took to
the streets to demand his overthrow following a year-long turbulent rule that
deeply polarised the people.