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Egypt raid kills six suspected militants, interior ministry says

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Six suspected extremist militants were killed in an Egyptian police raid on their hideout in a suburb west of Cairo, the interior ministry said Monday.

The alleged extremists died in a shootout after opening fire on security forces in the 6 October district, it said in a statement.

The ministry said it had received information that the suspects were planning attacks on vital installations, Christian places of worship and security personnel.

Security forces found three automatic rifles, other weapons, ammunition and extremist propaganda at the scene, the ministry said.

The statement did not specify when the raid took place or whether the suspected militants were affiliated with any specific group.

The raid follows a failed suicide attack against a church close to Cairo on Saturday, when officials said a bomber blew up just short of reaching his target because of tight security.

The interior ministry announced Sunday that security forces had arrested six members of a "terrorist cell" behind that attempted attack.