Police dead as Egypt army targets pro-Morsi town
At least one senior policeman has died as Egyptian security forces fought gun battles in a town near Cairo in an operation targeting "terrorist elements".
A joint police and army operation to take the town of Kerdasah in Giza back from groups loyal to the deposed President Mohamed Morsi began at about 5:30am local time (03:30 GMT) on Thursday.
The ensuing clashes in the area have so far left one senior policeman dead and nine others injured, while at least 65 people were arrested, the Interior Ministry said.
According to Egyptian state TV, one of those arrested on Thursday was Ahmad Uways, the man accused of killing the head of Kerdasah police station on August 14.
It said police forces took control of the area and imposed a curfew.
Security troops launched an operation in the area to arrest people accused of torching police stations and killing about 11 security officers in clashes that erupted following the army's overthrow of Morsi last July.
Security forces had not been allowed in Kerdasah since then, but authorities had previously promised to respond to the deadly attack on the police station.
Residents of the area said on Wednesday they were not in control of the area but do not want any police presence there. Morsi's removal in a military coup on July 3 led to nation-wide protests by his supporters.
Violence between his backers and security forces included massive attacks on police stations, security officers and churches. At least 1,000 people have died in the violence with most deaths coming during the security forces' dispersal of two pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo on August 14.
About 100 police officers also died in the clashes.