Egyptian army kills two suspected members of Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis

Ahram Online, Tuesday 9 Sep 2014

A security source says the army killed the militants during an operation in the Sinai peninsula

The Egyptian army has raided suspected militant hideouts in the Sinai Peninsula, killing two and arresting 25 on Tuesday, a security source told state news agency MENA.

The security source said that they have been targeting militant hideouts in Sheikh Zuweid area; where clashes took place as militants started firing on the military.

The source also claimed that the militants are members of Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis militant group who have recently claimed responsibility for many terrorists attacks in the Sinia Peninsula and Egypt's main cities.

Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, has suffered from a security vacuum for years, particularly worsening after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last summer.

Suspected Islamist militants based in the peninsula have waged a high-level insurgency against security forces, to which the army has responded with counter-insurgency operations.

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