CAIRO, The Egyptian police killed during a shootout on Saturday two members of a militant group believed to be linked with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood Islamist group, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The police said that information confirmed they were members of Brotherhood-linked Hasm group, which claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks that killed several policemen in Egypt.

The police raided their hiding place in Giza province near the capital Cairo and exchanged fire with the two Hasm members. One is a 24-year-old college student from Beheira province and another is a 39-year-old teacher from Gharbiya province northern Cairo, said the police statement.

Earlier on Saturday, the police similarly killed four militants in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, confirming them as terrorists escaping from restive North Sinai.

A similar security campaign on the outskirts of Ismailia last week killed 14 gunmen who have been wanted over involvement in terror operations targeting policemen and soldiers in North Sinai, bordering Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

Egypt has been facing a rising wave of terrorist activities following the military removal of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his currently-blacklisted Brotherhood group.

Terror attacks had been centred in restive North Sinai before they prevailed nationwide, killing hundreds of policemen and soldiers over the past few years.

Last week, on July 7, a car-bomb terrorist attack on a checkpoint in North Sinai’s Rafah killed and wounded 26 soldiers, according to the Egyptian military spokesman, while the security forces killed at least 40 of the terrorists.

Terrorists have recently started to target the Coptic minority and their churches across the country via bombings that killed dozens of them since late December 2016.

Most of the terrorist operations were claimed by a Sinai-based group loyal to the regional Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian military in cooperation with the police killed hundreds of terrorists and arrested a similar number of suspects as part of the country’s anti-terror war declared in 2013 by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who was then the army chief, following Morsi’s removal.