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Desert West: Militants and Security Forces

desert west: It said the alleged militants opened fire when they realized they were being besieged by security forces, according to CTV. It did not say when the shootout took place or explain how it had determined that the perpetrators of Friday's attack were among the 19 killed. The Interior Ministry, which oversees the police, said the militants were tracked to a hideout in the desert west of the central province of Minya, the site of Friday's attack, which also left 19 people wounded. The ministry published photographs purporting to show the bodies of the slain militants, as well as rifles, shotguns and pistols. An IS affiliate centred in the Sinai Peninsula has repeatedly targeted Christians, in part over their support for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Other images showed the inside of a tent with the black banner of the Islamic State group -- which claimed responsibility for Friday's attack -- unfurled on the ground. ( As reported in the news.