Egypt army says 12 militants killed in North Sinai

Vincent Carr
June 20, 2017

Meanwhile, aircraft from the Egyptian Air Force bombarded today in areas of northern Sinai a "terrorist concentration" of the Ansar Beit Al Maqdis group, affiliated with the Islamic State (Daesh), killing more than a dozen extremists.

Anti-government terror attacks in Egypt have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the mid-2013 military overthrow of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in response to mass protests against his one-year rule. It did not say when the aerial bombing took place.

Later security crackdown killed hundreds and detained thousands of Morsi's supporters while his Muslim Brotherhood group was blacklisted as "terrorist".

The 12 militants belong to Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis, a terrorist group that previously pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS).

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Sisi's air campaign against militants expanded to Libya earlier this month after he blamed terror cells in the neighboring country for orchestrating a massive attack on Coptic Christians that killed 29 people.

Reporting on another operation, the military spokesman said that security forces units have arrested several "extremely dangerous" takfiri terrorists in Central Sinai. Residents of Sinai say the high death rates include civilians.

Police raided an apartment in the Mediterranean coastal city based on intelligence that wanted members of the Hasam militant group were hiding there, the Interior Ministry said.

On Sunday, a roadside bomb attack targeted a police vehicle in Cairo, killed two officers and wounded three conscripts.

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