14 militants killed in Ismailia linked to North Sinai attack: Egypt's interior ministry

Ahram Online , Saturday 8 Jul 2017

A terrorist attack Friday near Rafah killed 26 army personnel

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Egypt’s interior ministry has announced the killing of 14 militants Saturday near Ismailia governorate was part of security raids after Friday's attack that killed and injured army personnel in North Sinai.

In an official statement Saturday, the ministry said that forces raided a militant hideout after intelligence received showed that a militant training camp for new recruits was being held. The operation came “in the framework of the ministry's efforts to prosecute fugitive terrorists involved in the recent attacks in the country in North Sinai governorate that included targeting some police and armed forces.”

During the raid, the militants fired heavily at the forces. Some 14 militants were killed, five of whom were identified and nine remain unknown, the ministry said.

Some weaponry was found in the militants' tent, including a machine gun and rifle.

Egypt’s army said in a statement Friday that car bombs targeted a security checkpoint near Rafah in North Sinai and that the army killed 40 militants in subsequent operations. Some 26 army personnel were killed during the attack.

Security forces have been battling an Islamist insurgency for several years in North Sinai. Militants have killed hundreds of security personnel. Egyptian troops have also killed hundreds of militants during operations in the border region. 

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