Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

27 militants killed in Egypt's latest anti-terror operation in Sinai

27 militants killed in Egypt's latest anti-terror operation in Sinai

Egypt's army said jihadists wearing explosive belts tried to storm a military camp in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, April 14 in an assault that left 8 soldiers and 14 attackers dead.

Other Islamists operating in the western desert bordering Libya have also attacked security forces. These anti-terror units continue to launch raids targeting terrorist hideouts, as well as arms and ammunition warehouses in Northern and Central Sinai, according to the statement.

It did not disclose where and how the nine other militants were killed.

The army found and destroyed a training camp, which included a shooting range, an obstacle course and an underground conference room.

The group has killed hundreds of soldiers, policemen and civilians, mainly in its North Sinai stronghold but also elsewhere in Egypt.

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He said military forces engaged the attackers, killing the 14 militants.

The statement stressed the Armed Forces are continuing to root out terrorism which is in turn making militants carry out desperate attempts at retaliation.

A nationwide state of emergency was first imposed in April a year ago after two church bombings claimed by Daesh group killed at least 45 people, and was renewed in July, in October and in January. It was extended in July and again in October then January.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered security forces to use heavy force to stamp out the Sinai insurgency following the devastating Rawda mosque attack in November 2017, which took the lives of over 300 worshipers.

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