Egyptian Army Kills 15 Terrorists In North Sinai

Last update: 14/02/2018

CAIRO, Feb 14 (Bernama) -- Egyptian forces killed 15 terrorists during anti-terror raids in North Sinai province, northeast of the capital Cairo, on Wednesday, reported China's Xinhua news agency.

"The forces also destroyed 11 targets used as shelters and hideouts by terrorists," military spokesman Tamer al-Refaay said in a statement.

The raids destroyed 181 mountain huts, hideouts and warehouses containing explosives and chemicals used for making improvised explosive devices (IED).

The army launched a massive anti-terror operation on Friday and killed 53 terrorists until Wednesday, while the police killed 13 terrorists.

The operation targets Daesh militants in the restive North Sinai bordering Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip. It also covers the Nile Delta provinces and the western borders with war-torn Libya.

North Sinai has been the focus of terrorist attacks that killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers following the military removal of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

The terror attacks spread to several other provinces including Cairo and targeted the Coptic Christians via church bombings and shootings.

Most of the attacks were claimed by Wilayat Sinai, a Sinai-based Daesh affiliated group.

Terrorists attacked a mosque in Arish City, North Sinai in November last year, killing at least 310 Muslim worshippers and injuring more than 120 others.

No group has claimed responsibility for the mosque attack, the deadliest terror attack and the first against a mosque in Egypt's modern history.

Following the attack, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi ordered the army to restore security and stability in North Sinai within three months.

Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018 comes weeks before Egypt's 2018 presidential elections scheduled for late March where Abdel-Fattah is expected to easily win a second term in office.