CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's official news agency says troops backed by helicopters have surrounded a town outside Cairo known to be an Islamist stronghold after exchanging fire with suspected militants who killed a senior police officer.

MENA says Gen. Nabil Farag, and aide to the police chief of the city of Giza, was killed when militants opened fire on security forces deployed early Thursday to the town of Kerdasa to drive off suspected Islamic militants. It said "terrorists and criminal elements" were responsible.

Kerdasa witnessed a brutal assault on security forces last month when heavily armed suspected supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi killed 15 police officers and mutilated their bodies. The attack appeared to be in retaliation for security forces violent crackdown on pro-Morsi protest camps, where hundreds of people were killed.

 

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