On 14 August 2013, shortly after the Egyptian security forces launched a crackdown on two protest camps in Cairo where scores of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi were killed, more than fifty militants stormed the police station of Kerdasa killing 14 officers.
According to the criminal investigation reports, about 50 Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated and Bedouins militants besieged the station for more than 5 hours, before some masked men shot at the complex with RPGs. The victims' bodies showed signs of torture that might have led to their deaths and others were mutilated. The attackers later moved to the town's only church, chased out the people praying inside, torched it and later painted "We will show you rage and we will make you see terrorism" on one of the building's charred walls.
On 19 September 2013, as a response to the attack, the Egyptian National Police stormed the village where they clashed with militants. Giza's deputy security chief, Major General Nabil Farrag, was killed during gunfire exchange between the police and the militants. The operation was aired on national television. A daytime curfew was announced during the raid while security officers were searching for the wanted and 188 people were later arrested and referred to court over the killings with charges of terrorism, murder, damaging public property and possession of weapons.