The firefight occurred Friday as police were attempting to raid "a terrorist elements' hideout" in the desert's Bahariya Oasis about 370 kilometers (more than 220 miles) southwest of Cairo. The shootout lasted several hours, according to an Interior Ministry statement.The statement said national security forces had received information that "terrorists" were in the desert to "hide, train, equip, and carry out terrorist operations, taking advantage of the rugged desert and ease of movement." Fifteen "terrorists" were killed or injured in the attack, state-run media outlet Ahram Online reported Saturday, citing the Interior Ministry.
CNN's Sarah Faidell, Dakin Andone, Natalie Gallon and Ammar Albadran contributed to this report.
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