Egypt army general, colonel killed in militant shootout

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An Egyptian army brigadier general and a colonel were killed on Wednesday in a shootout with Islamist militants, security sources said Al Arabiya reported.

The exchange of gunfire erupted after the army officers tried to storm a militant safehouse where the men were hiding in Qalubiya province north of Cairo, the sources said.

Five jihadists with the al-Qaeda-inspired Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group also died in what was an hours-long shootout north of Cairo, the interior ministry said.

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