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Egypt's army says killed militant involved in murder of police captain in North Sinai

The army spokesperson said another suspected militant near Mount Halal

Ahram Online , Sunday 27 Dec 2015
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A charred Pick-Up truck of one of the two militants killed by the Egyptian army in North Sinai (Photo: the Facebook page of the army spokesman)
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Egypt's army announced on Sunday that security forces have killed a militant in North Sinai allegedly involved in the murder of a police captain in January 2015.

In a statement issued Sunday on his official Facebook page, Egyptian army spokesperson Mohamed Samir said army forces in North Sinai hunted down two militant suspects in Al-Arish city.

They managed to kill one of the militants reportedly involved in the murder of police captain Ayman Desouki earlier this year.

According to the statement, the personal weapon of the late police captain was found with the deceased suspect.

Security forces also killed another suspected militant in the Mount Halal area, a stronghold of militant and terrorist groups in North Sinai. 

Police captain Desouki was kidnapped while travelling on a bus in North Sinai in January 2015 and was found dead days later. 

 Shortly after his kidnapping, the North Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis released a video claiming responsibility for the killing of Desouki.

The ISIS-affiliated group has claimed responsibility for most of the killings of Egyptian security forces in North Sinai. 

Egypt’s security forces have been facing a decade-long jihadist insurgency based in North Sinai, with militant attacks taking place in the past 18 months and expanding into Cairo and the Nile Delta, killing hundreds of army and police personnel.
 

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