Egyptian army kills 16 in Sinai air raid: Spokesman

Ahram Online, Saturday 8 Feb 2014

Strike aimed at militants in the town of Sheikh Zuweid

An air raid by the Egyptian army in the town of Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai late on Friday killed 16 “dangerous individuals” according to a military official.

The strike targeted terrorists and militants in the Sinai town, according to the armed forces spokesman's official Facebook page.

Already restive and underdeveloped, Sinai has seen an upswing in militant violence since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last summer, with regular attacks claiming the lives of dozens of security personnel.

Egypt has poured troops into the region while waging a sustained crackdown on Islamists — principally Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood — elsewhere in the country.

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