On Sept. 19, 2013, Egypt firmly stood against the challenge posed by internal and external attempts to derail the June 30 revolution. With the support of some storm trooper units, security forces succeeded in freeing Kerdasa City in Giza from Muslim Brotherhood armed militias and their allies. This coincided with security breakthroughs in the Sinai, where the army managed to arrest a number of jihadists, including a prominent takfiri leader.
On the ground, Egyptian security forces managed, in coordination with the armed forces, to storm Kerdasa City, south of Giza, and free it from the grip of armed militias, after some Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters took control of the city in retaliation for the clampdown on the sit-ins in Rabia al-Adawiya and an-Nahda Squares.
At dawn yesterday [Sept. 19], the security forces launched an extensive campaign to regain control of Kerdasa, after gunmen had stormed the city’s police department and killed 11 officers and mutilated their bodies.
The security forces managed to take control of the city’s entrances, after clashes that resulted in the death of the assistant security director in Giza, Maj. Gen. Nabil Farag, who was shot in the chest.
In a statement to As-Safir, Giza Security Director Maj. Gen Kamal al-Daly said that the operation against the city had been delayed so as to gather additional and conclusive intelligence on the militants’ hiding places. He added that the stormtrooper division helped the special operations forces in taking control of the city center, while the Central Security Forces prevented the gunmen from escaping.
A security source told As-Safir that three men out of the eight involved in the killing of the police officers were arrested. The mobile phone of the Kerdasa Investigation Department’s adjutant was found in the house of one of the gunmen. The adjutant was killed in mid-August in the clashes that broke out as a response to the security crackdown to break-up the sit-ins in Rabia al-Adawiya.
The source added that 65 men affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, also involved in the violent acts, were arrested as well.
Security forces and checkpoints were deployed in the city to keep the situation under control and prevent the insurgents who fled from coming back.
The citizens of Kerdasa were overcome with joy after the security forces managed to arrest armed groups and take control of the police department. “We wish that the security forces would not leave the city until they clear it of all militants and terrorists,” said one city resident.
Kerdasa is the second city to be liberated from Islamists by the security forces in the Minya governorate, after the town of Delga.
As-Safir contacted the wife of Maj. Gen. Farag, Nidal Effat, who is an agricultural engineer. “It was as if he knew it was his last night. … He came back home for an hour to have dinner with us. He bid us goodbye before he went on to his last mission,” she said .
On the other hand, the army continues to pursue takfiri in the northern Sinai. It regained control of villages located between the cities of al-Sheikh Zuwaid, Rafah and the border strip.
Military spokesman Col. Ahmed Mohammad declared that the Second Army managed, in cooperation with the police, to carry out raids, leading to the arrests of 15 takfiri and jihadist militants.
Sheikh Abu Faisal, a prominent takfiri militant in the Sinai and a Sharia judge, was among those arrested, thanks to a tip from a resident in the town where the sheikh was hiding.
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