His killing is the latest in what appears to be a stepped-up crackdown on militants across Egypt.

He was a member of a violent group suspected of links to the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of police, said the shootout was in Fayoum, an oasis province southwest of Cairo and a traditional Brotherhood stronghold.

It said two people who were with the man managed to escape, leaving their SUV behind.

The ministry said the three belonged to the Brotherhood's breakaway faction Hasm, or "decisiveness."

The Brotherhood won a series of elections in Egypt following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, and Mohammed Morsi, a senior Brotherhood leader, became Egypt's first freely elected president the following year.

His brief rule proved divisive, and the military overthrew him in 2013.

Authorities outlawed the Brotherhood a few months later, declaring it a terrorist group.