Courtesy of the spokesperson of the Egyptian Armed Forces
The General Command of the Egyptian Armed Forces announced that 40 extremely dangerous takfiris have been killed during various security raids carried out within the past three months, adding that the operations have led to the martyrdom or injury of seven army personnel.
According to an official statement released by the military spokesman on Tuesday, the country's Air Forces demolished 437 hideouts and depots, which terrorist elements had been using as shelters and warehouses for ammunition and weapons along the strategic north-eastern direction.
The operation resulted in the death of 25 extremely dangerous takfiris, as well as the destruction of six booby-trapped four-wheel-drive vehicles used to carry out terrorist operations, the statement added.
The Armed Forces also said it has carried out a number of qualitative operations, which have led to the killing of 15 "extremely dangerous takfiri elements."
According to the statement, the army seized three automatic rifles, one sniper rifle, and 7 magazines, in addition to a walkie-talkie and a number of cell phones and passports.
Also, it has defused up to 159 explosive devices placed on main roads and destroyed 32 motorcycles used by terrorist elements.
12 takfiri’s were arrested during the operations, the statement said, adding that legal actions were taken against them.
The statement added that the Navy Forces have continued their efforts in safeguarding the state's coastal borders and securing vital targets in Egyptian territorial waters in the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.
The Air Forces managed, in coordination with Border Guard Forces, to conduct a pre-emptive strike against terrorist elements, destroying 21 four-wheel-drive vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition on their way to illegally infiltrate the western borders.
As for security efforts on border crossings, the Egyptian forces also seized 149 thousand pieces of uncleared goods by customs, 7 rifles, 160 magazines, and a large amount of ammunition.
Up to 1,448 illegal migrants were stopped while attempting to leave the country; 39 four-wheel drive vehicles were seized while trying to infiltrate the borders, and 5 tunnels were discovered and destroyed in the northeastern strategic direction, the statement added.
A massive campaign was also launched against a number of narcotic farms in South Sinai, the statement noted.
"As a result of the valiant combat missions of our armed forces in the areas of operations, two officers, four non-commissioned officers, and one soldier were martyred or injured," read the statement.
The operations were carried out between September and 8 December, according to the statement.