Egyptian security officials say special forces killed nine members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, including a former member of parliament, during a raid on a Cairo apartment.
The raid came as Islamic militants launched a massive co-ordinated assault on Egyptian troops in the northern Sinai Peninsula that left at least 53 soldiers dead. It was not immediately clear if the incidents were related.
The officials said security forces came under fire when they entered the home in the Sixth of October suburb and returned fire, killing nine men, including Nasr al-Hafi, a former Brotherhood MP.
The officials say three automatic rifles and a hundred rounds of ammunition were found in the residence.
The United States has strongly condemned the massive coordinated attack on Egyptian troops that killed at least 53 soldiers in the northern Sinai Peninsula.
White House spokesman Ned Price said the assault is a terrorist attack and that the US “stands resolutely” with Egypt.
He said the US extends condolences to the relatives of those who died, as well as to the government and the Egyptian people.
The White House says the US will continue working in partnership with Egypt to address threats to its security amid a series of recent attacks.