Egypt’s army says it has killed seven suspected terrorists who were were planning to carry out a major attack, the military spokesman said in a statement Wednesday.
Brigadier General Mohamed Samir said forces had received intelligence information that “terrorists” had “transferred weapons and ammunition” to Al-Moqata’a village near Sheikh Zuweid “in preparation for carrying out a major attack” against security forces in North Sinai.
Samir said on his official Facebook page the army also destroyed two weapons' depots and a vehicle.
Egypt’s military has been battling an Islamist insurgency in Sinai which has intensified after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
Hundreds of police and army forces have been killed in attacks, while the army has repeatedly announced killing and arresting hundreds of suspects.
Egypt has also created a buffer zone on the Rafah-Gaza border to control militant infiltration.