FOUR SOLDIERS, 20 MILITANTS KILLED IN EGYPT’S SINAI RAIDS

CAIRO, Egypt, The Egyptian military, said that, at least four Egyptian soldiers and 20 militants were killed, during five days of anti-terror military raids, in restive North Sinai Province, bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip.

The raids, launched in North and central Sinai, also wounded seven militants, arrested 36 suspected terrorists, detonated five explosive devices and destroyed 28 hiding houses, eight vehicles, four warehouses of explosives and ammunition and two relevant workshops, military spokesman, Tamer al-Refaay, said in a statement.

Anti-government terror attacks have been growing in Egypt since the mid-2013 military removal of former Islamist President, Mohamed Morsi.

Later, crackdown on Morsi’s supporters left about 1,000 of them killed and thousands more in custody.

Since early Jan, at least 21 police and military personnel have been killed, in blasts and confrontations in North Sinai and New Valley province, about 500 km south of the capital, Cairo.

Most of the terrorist attacks were claimed by a Sinai-based militant group loyal to the Daesh.

Security campaigns in Sinai killed over 1,300 militants and arrested a similar number of suspects, over the past couple of years, as part of the country’s anti-terror war, declared by former army chief and current President, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, following Morsi’s ouster.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Arab News Express