Cairo, Oct 2 (AP) Egypt’s Interior Ministry says police have killed three suspected militants in a shootout in a southern Cairo suburb.

The ministry said in a statement today that the militants were members of Hasm, a breakaway faction of the Muslim Brotherhood group that has targeted the police and army over the past years in a series of brazen attacks.

It said the gunfire exchange took place at a cemetery under construction in May 15th City, a district south of Cairo, as security forces were trying to arrest them. Rifles and ammunition were found at the scene, the statement added.

Egypt is fighting an insurgency led by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group based in the Sinai Peninsula as well as smaller militant groups allegedly belonging to the Brotherhood. (AP)

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