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Egypt held military funerals Thursday for three policemen killed as they prevented four convicts on death row from escaping a notorious Cairo prison.
The four men convicted to hang on terror charges were shot dead by security forces in the rare escape bid from the heavily-fortified Tora prison complex, the interior ministry said late Wednesday.
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It said the three policemen also died in the botched prison bust, without giving the circumstances.
Local press carried reports of families in mourning as military funerals were held for the policemen.
Egypt has been battling a jihadist insurgency in its North Sinai province since the 2013 overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
In February 2018, security forces launched a nationwide operation against militants focused on the restive region in eastern Egypt.
More than 930 suspected militants have been killed in the region along with dozens of security personnel, according to official figures.
Death of Egypt's Nasser, 50 years ago .
On September 28, 1970, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egypt's charismatic pan-Arabist president, died from a heart attack in Cairo aged 52, sending shockwaves through the country and across the Arab world. In 1952, Nasser had been one of the leaders of a popular military coup that toppled Egypt's monarchy, and he became president of the new republic two years later. A leading proponent of pan-Arab socialism, he installed a one-party regime and ruled with an iron fist for 16 years.His greatest victory was nationalising the Suez Canal in 1956, sparking a crisis in which Britain, France and Israel colluded to attack Egypt.