Senior Egyptian officers killed in Nile Delta shootout

Egyptian soldiers and officials inspect the site where gunmen killed six soldiers at a Cairo checkpoint on March 15, 2014

CAIRO — An Egyptian army brigadier general and a colonel were killed in a raid Wednesday on a jihadist hideout, as security forces close their pincers on militants in the Nile Delta.

The Islamist militants have increasingly shifted their campaign from the restless Sinai Peninsula to the capital and other Nile Delta areas, with bombing and shooting attacks on security forces.

In the early morning raid north of Cairo, five jihadists with the al-Qaeda-inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group were also killed in the hours-long shootout, the interior ministry said.

The group has claimed responsibility for some of the deadliest attacks in a low-level insurgency that has killed more than 200 policemen and soldiers since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.