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Egyptian army kills 61 militants in restive Sinai

English.news.cn   2016-01-06 01:25:51

CAIRO, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- At least 61 militants were killed and 10 others arrested in military actions over the past two days in the restive North Sinai province, Egypt's military said Tuesday.

In Monday's actions in North Sinai's Arish, Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah cities, as well as other areas and mountain routes in Middle Sinai, 32 terrorists were eliminated and six suspects arrested, the military said.

That adds to the 29 killed and four arrested during actions in the same areas on Sunday, a statement added.

During these campaigns , the military also destroyed 80 improvised explosive devices, more than a ton of drugs and a number of machine and sniper guns.

Egypt has been suffering a growing number of terrorist attacks that have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers, after the army ousted former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule.

The security forces have launched massive anti-terror operations in North Sinai that left hundreds of militants killed and many suspects arrested.

The Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) militant group, which has changed its name to "Sinai State" and vowed loyalty to the regional Islamic State (IS) militant group, has claimed responsibility for most of the terror attacks in the country.

The raids in Sinai are part of Egypt's "war against terrorism" declared by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi following Morsi's removal.

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Egyptian army kills 61 militants in restive Sinai

English.news.cn 2016-01-06 01:25:51

CAIRO, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- At least 61 militants were killed and 10 others arrested in military actions over the past two days in the restive North Sinai province, Egypt's military said Tuesday.

In Monday's actions in North Sinai's Arish, Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah cities, as well as other areas and mountain routes in Middle Sinai, 32 terrorists were eliminated and six suspects arrested, the military said.

That adds to the 29 killed and four arrested during actions in the same areas on Sunday, a statement added.

During these campaigns , the military also destroyed 80 improvised explosive devices, more than a ton of drugs and a number of machine and sniper guns.

Egypt has been suffering a growing number of terrorist attacks that have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers, after the army ousted former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule.

The security forces have launched massive anti-terror operations in North Sinai that left hundreds of militants killed and many suspects arrested.

The Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) militant group, which has changed its name to "Sinai State" and vowed loyalty to the regional Islamic State (IS) militant group, has claimed responsibility for most of the terror attacks in the country.

The raids in Sinai are part of Egypt's "war against terrorism" declared by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi following Morsi's removal.

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