Egypt's army kills three militants in Sinai raid on 'dangerous terrorist hideouts'

Ahram Online , Wednesday 25 Jan 2017

Army in Sinai
An army member stands on scene of raid on terrorist hideout on Tuesday (Photo Courtesy of Egypt army spokesperson page on Facebook)

Egypt’s army said it has killed three militants during a raid on two terrorist hideouts in central Sinai, a statement by the armed forces read late Tuesday.

Army spokesman Tamer El-Refaie said that Egypt’s third field army in central Sinai, in cooperation with air forces, was able to destroy two “extremely dangerous terrorist hideouts.”

Three militants were killed and two others injured in the offensive.

Eleven other militants were arrested.

The army said it was able to destroy a storehouse containing explosive materials, three four-wheel-drive vans, and three motorcycles believed to be used by the militants in their operations.

The offensive came one day after the army announced the deaths of five personnel late Sunday in a terrorist attack in Sinai.

No further details were given on the terrorist attack or its location.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Egypt’s army and police forces have been waging a war over the past three years against an Islamist militant insurgency in North Sinai; hundreds of security personnel and many militants have been killed in the violence.

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