CAIRO, — The Egyptian army reportedly killed 35 gunmen in Sheikh Zuweid city in the northern Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday morning, Egyptian security sources told Ma’an.

Egyptian military forces reported that suspicious movement of “terrorist” gunmen was spotted after dawn prayer in two areas “thanks to advanced night vision surveillance devices.”

In an area known as Najid Square, the Egyptian army noticed more than 30 gunmen on motorbikes reportedly armed with rocket-propelled grenade launchers advancing towards checkpoints the Egyptian army had recently set up south of Sheikh Zuweid.

Egyptian forces fired artillery shells at the gunmen, killing 35.

The military sources highlighted that the new military checkpoint between the villages of Qabr Amir and al-Kharruba on the international road south of Sheikh Zuweid was intended to prevent gunmen from planting roadside explosive devices in the area.

Six Egyptian soldiers were killed and six others were seriously injured last month when an explosive device hit an armored military vehicle south of Sheikh Zuweid.

Egyptian military and police forces have been the target of ongoing attacks, which have increased since Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi took power from democratically-elected Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.

Sisi has come under attack following his violent suppression of Muslim Brotherhood members following his rise to power, which he has argued is necessary to deter future attacks in the Sinai and across Egypt.

Beit Ansar al-Maqdis, the militant group responsible for a majority of attacks on military personnel in the Sinai, aligned with the Daesh group in November 2014, changing its name to Sinai Province.

Source: Name News Network