Anti-terrorism operation continues in Egypt's Western Desert: Armed Forces

Ahmed Eleiba , Wednesday 1 Nov 2017

A torched car destroyed in the airstrike by the Egyptian air forces (Photo: Egyptian armed forces)

Egypt's Armed Forces announced on Wednesday that the joint military-police operation targeting terrorist hideouts in the Western Desert continued for the second day in a row, the Egyptian army said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Egyptian air forces - supported by special army commandoes units (Sae'ka) and police - carried out airstrikes in southern Fayoum, killing all terrorist targets.

Security forces are currently combing the area for any terrorists who may have escaped.

The Armed Forces released a video of the airstrike, as well as photos showing the dead bodies of the terrorists and destroyed vehicles including a pickup truck fitted with machine guns.


The operation comes after the shootout on 19 October in the Western Desert between security forces and terrorists, where 16 policemen were killed and 13 were injured.

On Friday, 13 terrorists were killed during a police raid on an abandoned building along the Assiut-El-Kharga Oasis Highway.

On Tuesday, a military operation rescued police officer Mohamed El-Hayes, who had been captured by terrorists during the Western Desert shootout.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the shootout or El-Hayes’ kidnapping.

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