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Egypt:19 Islamic extremists killed in security operation after Minya Christians attack

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A picture taken on March 26, 2018 shows an Egyptian army conscript standing guard outside a polling station in the capital Cairo on the first day of the 2018 presidential elections. - Egyptians head to the polls in a three-day vote to choose between incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and little-known candidate Moussa Mostafa Moussa, who has struggled to make the case he is not Sisi's minion. (Photo by FETHI BELAID / AFP)
A picture taken on March 26, 2018 shows an Egyptian army conscript standing guard outside a polling station in the capital Cairo on the first day of the 2018 presidential elections. - Egyptians head to the polls in a three-day vote to choose between incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and little-known candidate Moussa Mostafa Moussa, who has struggled to make the case he is not Sisi's minion. (Photo by FETHI BELAID / AFP)
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CAIRO(9News Nigeria) – Egyptian security forces killed 19 extremist militants from a cell believed to be responsible for an attack on Christians in Minya province in central Egypt which left seven people dead, the interior ministry said on Sunday.

The suspects were killed in a firefight in the desert west of Minya province after security forces pursued them, the ministry said in a statement. It did not say when the firefight took place.

ISIS (Daesh) has claimed responsibility for the Minya attack, which occurred on Friday, though it provided no evidence of its involvement.

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