Police chief killed as Egypt troops storm Islamist stronghold near Cairo

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Egyptian security forces hold the lifeless body of Giza Police Chief Gen. Nabil Farrag, center, who was killed after unidentified militants opened fire on security forces deployed to the town of Kerdasa to drive off suspected Islamists on Sept. 19, 2013. Ahmed Abdel Fattah / AP
A soldier shouts orders during an operation against gunmen in the Kerdasa district. Khaled Elfiqi / EPA

Egyptian security forces backed by armored fighting vehicles and helicopters stormed a town known to be an Islamist stronghold outside of Cairo near the Great Pyramids on Thursday, coming under barrages of fire from gunmen on rooftops as they searched door to door for militants.

A police general fell in the first moments of the battle at around 6 a.m. Gen. Nabil Farrag had just given a pep talk to his men on the street, preparing them to roll into the town of Kerdasa, when they came under a hail of gunfire.

Army soldiers and policemen ducked for cover behind armored vehicles and walls. Farrag fell with a bullet wound in his right side, getting past the body armor he was wearing. He lay in the street for nearly 15 minutes, blood soaking through his white uniform, until his men could reach him and carry him into a sedan to take him to a hospital.

The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of the police, later announced Farrag's death. Read the full story.

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Security forces carry the lifeless body of Giza Police Gen. Nabil Farrag, center, who was killed after unidentified militants opened fire on security forces. Ahmed Abdel Fattah / AP
Smoke rises during clashes between Egyptian security forces and suspected militants in the town of Kerdasa. Ahmed Abdel Fattah / AP
Security forces take cover during clashes in Kerdasa. Ahmed Gomaa / AP
Armed policemen arrest a man during a raid in Kerdasa. Khaled Desouki / AFP - Getty Images