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Sahel Shootout Kills Nine

At least nine were killed yesterday in clashes on Kilometre 175 of the Alexandria - Marsa Matrouh road last night.

A stand-off between Egyptian security forces and alleged militants resulted in the death of at least nine people last night, as suspicious cars were stopped at security check-points on the busy highway which connects Alexandria to Marsa Matrouh and the Libyan border. 

Among those who were killed were police officer Tarek Mohamed Sameh and four conscripts, before the assailants were retaliated against by police officers at a following check-point. Interior Minister Aide Mostafa Darwish said that they had received intelligence that a car carrying arms and explosives would be traveling on the highway.

The clashes took place close to the popular Marina resort and the highway has since been closed to traffic.