Egyptian police killed in shootout with 'militants'

"number of policemen" were killed in the shootout

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A member of the Egyptian police force stand guard outside the El-Mosheer Tantawy Mosque ahead of the memorial ceremony held by EgyptAir for realtives and family members of EgyptAir staff on flight MS804 on May 23, 2016 in Cairo, Egypt.

(CNN) - Several Egyptian police officers were killed in a shootout with "militants" Friday in Egypt's western desert, according to state-run media outlet Ahram Online, which cited Egypt's interior ministry.

The firefight occurred as police were attempting to raid "a terrorist elements' hideout" in the Bahariya Oasis, located in the desert approximately 370 kilometers (more than 220 miles) southwest of Cairo.

"A number of policemen" were killed in the shootout, the interior ministry said, but it did not provide an exact number.

Police said "a number of militants" were killed, but an exact figure wasn't released, Ahram Online reported.

Reuters, citing security sources, reported that at least 30 police officers were killed.

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