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Three suspected militants killed, 21 others arrested in North Sinai: MENA

State news agency MENA says security forces killed three suspected militants in North Sinai on Saturday

Ahram Online , Sunday 29 Mar 2015
File Photo: Egyptian troops in Sinai (Photo: Reuters)
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Three suspected militants have been killed by Egyptian security forces and at least 21 other suspects arrested in North Sinai, state news agency MENA reported.

Informed security sources told MENA that security forces launched security raids in south Al-Arish on Saturday.

The sources added that during the raid security forces also destroyed 25 hideouts and seized eight motorcycles used allegedly in attacks against police and army forces in North Sinai. 

In January, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a decree to create a unified military command for east of the Suez Canal to combat terrorism, two days after a series of militant attacks killed at least 30 people in North Sinai.

The new unified command structure is led by General Osama Roshdy Askar. It brings together the Second and Third armies to oversee counter-terrorism activities in Sinai.

Although the deadliest attacks by Islamist militants have been centered in the country's restive Sinai, dozens of smaller bombs have been planted in recent weeks nationwide.



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