Tuesday, September 7, 1999 Published at 20:17 GMT 21:17 UK
World: Middle East
Police kill four Islamists in Cairo
The King of Jordan visits Mr Mubarak after Monday's assassination attempt
Police in Egypt have shot dead four suspected members of the country's main Islamic militant group during a gun battle in the outskirts of Cairo.
Security sources identified them as a leader and three other members of the Gama'at al-Islamiya (Islamic League), which has conducted a violent campaign aimed at the overthrow of Egypt's secular government.
Police found stocks of weapons, including four automatic rifles, in the apartment.
The dead included Farid Kidwani, who was wanted for questioning in connection with attacks in southern Egypt which left several policemen and Coptic Christians dead.
Police followed the four to the Cairo apartment from the southern city of Minya, where Mr Kidwani was the group's regional leader, officials said.
The gun battle came on the day after state security guards shot dead a man they said had attempted an attack with a "sharp instrument" on President Mubarak.
Islamic militants were responsible for the Luxor massacre in November 1997, in which 60 foreign tourists were killed.
Militant groups in Egypt are thought to have killed about 1,200 people - many of them tourists - in a seven-year campaign of violence.
The Mubarak government responded with a harsh crackdown on the militants, which culminated in a declaration that the movement had been crushed.
The leaders of al-Gama'a al-Islamiya announced in March that they had renounced their armed struggle.