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4 army personnel, 30 militants killed in North Sinai: Egypt's army spokesperson

An attack on a security checkpoint in North Sinai resulted in the death of 4 army personnel and the destruction of three army vehicles by IEDs

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 Jan 2016
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File Photo: Egyptian army soldiers stand guard in North Sinai (Reuters)
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The Egyptian Armed Forces killed 30 militants and injured 10 on Thursday in North Sinai, said Egypt's army spokesperson Bridger General Mohamed Samir.

Samir announced on Thursday that a militant attack on a security checkpoint near the North Sinai city of Sheikh Zuweid resulted in the death of four army personnel. Eight more army personnel were injured in the attack and three armed forces vehicles were destroyed by IEDs.

It is unclear whether the 30 militants were all killed during the assault on the checkpoint or in retaliatory attacks by the army.

Samir added that military forces destroyed eight militant hideouts.

Egypt’s security forces have been facing a decade-long jihadist insurgency based in North Sinai, with militant attacks killing hundreds of army and police personnel over the past three years.

The ISIS-affiliated Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis group has claimed responsibility for most of the killings of Egyptian security forces in North Sinai in recent years.

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