Egyptian military kills 60 militants in North Sinai: Spokesman

Ahram Online , Friday 25 Mar 2016

Raids on Thursday and Friday took place in Rafah and Sheikh Zuwaid

An army checkpoint in North Sinai (Photo:Reuters)

Egyptian armed forces killed 60 militants in North Sinai in raids on Thursday and Friday, the Egyptian army spokesperson has said.

Brigadier General Mohamed Samir said in a statement that counter-terrorism forces aided by air forces destroyed a number of hideouts in south Rafah city and Sheikh Zuwaid city.

Samir added that 60 militants were killed and 40 others were injured.

He said that 32 hideouts and ammunition warehouses used by the militants in their attacks against Egyptian security forces in North Sinai were destroyed.

Last Saturday, a terrorist attack on a checkpoint in North Sinai’s Arish city resulted in the death of 15 police personnel.

The North Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, which is affiliated with the Islamic State group, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Egyptian forces are grappling with an Islamist insurgency based in North Sinai governorate which spiked following the 2013 ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.

The insurgency has killed hundreds of Egyptian security forces, while the armed forces have said their operations have killed hundreds of militants in the area.

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