At least 59 Egyptian police officers and security officials were killed when militants ambushed their convoy deep inside the western desert late Friday, security officials said on Saturday.
At least eight police vehicles were hit while driving toward what was believed to be a militant hide-out at the Bahariya Oasis, about 85 miles from Cairo, following an intelligence tip. Militants who were lying in wait raked the convoy with gunfire and rockets from higher ground, police officials said.
Police and security officials were killed, one Egyptian official said. Reuters, citing security officials, said the dead included several police conscripts.
Hasm, an Islamist militant group that has attacked judges and security posts since it emerged last year, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted online. It said it would release a video of the ambush.