People carry the coffin of Egyptian police officer Ahmed Fayez, who was attacked with other security forces by militants in Egypt's western desert, in El Hosary Mosque outside Cairo, Egypt October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eslam Gomaa
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Sisi vows to quash terrorism after police ambushIn his first remarks after a deadly attack on the country's police force, Egypt's president vowed Sunday to press ahead with the country's war against terrorism, as Parliament approved a three-month extension of a nationwide state of emergency. President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's remarks came nearly 48 hours after authorities officially announced that at least 16 policemen were killed in a brazen ambush by militants southwest of Cairo. Security officials told the Associated Press and other media outlets that the death toll reached 54, making it one of the worst attacks against Egypt's police in years. Many suggested that the police force had been infiltrated by Islamists given that some security officials said the ambush was carefully planned.Rights advocates argue that the authorities' heavy crackdown on Islamists in the aftermath of the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammad Morsi has fueled an insurgency.
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