In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency, MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi salutes as he inspects troops with Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhy, in the Red Sea port city of Suez, Egypt, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. (MENA via AP)
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Egypt launched a major shakeup of its security services Saturday in an apparent reaction to an ambush by militants outside Cairo last week that killed at least 16 police troopers.While the official death toll announced by the Interior Ministry was only 16 at the end of the day, with 15 militants killed or wounded, officials who spoke with the Associated Press earlier had citied over 50 policemen killed in the attack.The last time Egypt's security forces suffered such a heavy loss of life was in July 2015 when Daesh militants carried out a series of coordinated attacks against army and police positions in Sinai, killing at least 50, though the army then said 17 soldiers were killed.Attacks by militants have significantly increased since the army's 2013 ouster of an elected but divisive Islamist president.
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