The wife (L) and other family members of Fahmy Abdel Raouf, who was killed with his 13-year-old son in a gun battle with security forces, sit in their flat in the Matariya area of Cairo April 13, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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The pair were members of the group spearheading Islamist attacks in Egypt, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, according to both the authorities and a statement from the organization.Abdel-Raouf, 38, had fought alongside Islamists in the Syrian civil war. Armed groups are drawing in both established militants, such as Abdel-Raouf, and the recently radicalized, such as his son.The authorities say it was a major blow to Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the group behind some of the biggest attacks of the last nine months, including a failed attempt to kill the interior minister and large bomb attacks on police stations.Both the authorities and Ansar Beit al-Maqdis said the elder Abdel-Raouf had fought in Syria, along with another member of his cell from the same Cairo neighborhood in the city's northeast.Abdel-Raouf appeared to have been on the police radar for years.When the military removed Morsi after a year in office following mass protests against his rule, Abdel-Raouf told his family to avoid protest camps set up by Brotherhood supporters demanding his reinstatement, his family said.Despite this, one of Abdel-Raouf's brothers was among the hundreds of people killed on Aug. 14 when security forces used overwhelming force to destroy those camps.The authorities say Abdel-Raouf's brother was shot in clashes with the security forces that day. His family say he was killed while collecting his family from across town.The authorities say Abdel-Raouf participated in attacks on the security forces.
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