The Egyptian Armed Forces have successfully launched successive, qualitative operations against terrorist elements on all strategic directions of the country resulting in the killing of 89 “very dangerous takfiri elements” in North Sinai during the previous period, according to a statement by the General Command of the Armed Forces on Sunday.
"As a result of the valiant combat efforts of our armed forces in the areas of operations, eight of the armed forces' heroes have been martyred and wounded," the statement said.
The statement, which was published on the Facebook page of the Armed Forces spokeperson, revealed that 73 machine guns, 140 magazines, 5,606 bullets, 34 wireless communications devices, night-vision and camera-equipped drone, cell phones, a laptop and financial sums have been seized during the operations.
In addition, 52 vehicles and 59 motorbikes, which were used by takfiris, have been destroyed by the Armed Forces during the operations and some 404 explosive devices and four suicide belts have been dismantled, the statement added.
The Border Guards, in cooperation with the military engineers, have succeeded in discovering and destroying 13 tunnel openings used by terrorist elements to infiltrate into North Sinai.
In regard to tightening security measures along Egypt’s western strategic direction, the Air Forces, in coordination with the Border Guards, have succeeded in carrying out preemptive strikes against terrorist elements, the statement noted.
These strikes on the western borders have resulted in destroying 200 four-wheel drive vehicles – some laden with weapons and ammunition – while attempting to sneak into forbidden areas along the country's western and southern borders, the statement read.
The Armed Forces' operations come in conjunction with intensifying Naval Forces' combat operations, protecting strategic objectives, securing Egyptian economic interests, and carrying out search and rescue operations in the Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea, according to the statement.
The Armed Forces also launched a major campaign to eliminate narcotic crops in South Sinai, resulting in the destruction of 842 farms of Bango and hydro-narcotic plants, and 1,114 farms of cannabis plants, the statement said.
“The Armed Forces’ men affirm that they are proceeding with determination to uproot what remains of the roots of terrorism and extremism and to continue construction and development in all parts of Egypt,” the General Command of the Armed Forces said.