The Tuesday security sweep of Nahya, a stronghold for Islamist groups, is the latest move by authorities to assert control over towns and villages seized by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi after his July 3 overthrow by the military.
The police officers were killed in the nearby village of Kerdasa, and their bodies mutilated, in apparent retaliation for an Aug. 14 assault by the security forces on pro-Morsi protest camps that left hundreds dead. Security forces reoccupied Kerdasa last week, arresting scores of suspects.
State TV showed security forces in body shields and masked special commandos searching suspects’ home.
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