A vehicle belonging to terrorist elements at the western desert of Egypt following an air force operation on Saturday 2 February 2019 (Photo: courtesy of Egypt's army forces)
Egypt's military killed eight "extremely dangerous" terrorists in the country's Western Desert, according to a Saturday statement by military spokesman Tamer El-Refai.
"In continuation of the efforts of the armed forces and the civilian police in combating terrorist and criminal elements in all strategic directions...after locating their exact location, the air force targeted the terrorists’ spot," the statement read.
The military spokesperson said that the information was based on reliable intelligence in cooperation with the national security sector.
The terrorist cell was planning to carry hostile acts aimed at destabilising the country, according to the statement.
The operation resulted in the destruction of a 3-wheel-drive truck with quantities of weapons and ammunition.
The armed forces and civilian police continue their efforts in pursuing terrorist and criminal elements to safeguard the security and stability of the country.
The military has been carrying out Operation Sinai 2018, a counter-terrorism campaign since February 2018. It involves land, naval and air forces, as well as the police and border guards.
It targets "terrorist and criminal elements and organisations" and is focused on northern and central Sinai, as well as parts of the Nile Delta and the Western Desert.