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Egypt Forces Kill 17 Militants in North Sinai

Egypt Forces Kill 17 Militants in North Sinai
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By Staff, Agencies

Egyptian police killed 17 militants in a shootout in the restive northern Sinai, the interior ministry said Tuesday.

Security forces are battling a long-running insurgency in the peninsula, spearheaded by Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group].

The shootout flared as police, acting on intelligence, raided a hideout in North Sinai's provincial capital of El-Arish, the ministry said in a statement.

They found "terrorist elements" who were planning "hostile operations" and had weapons and explosives, the ministry added.

The date of the raid, however, was not specified.

Egypt has for years been fighting an insurgency in North Sinai, which escalated following the military's 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

Scores of policemen and soldiers have been killed in militant attacks.

The army said Sunday that seven soldiers were killed or wounded and 10 militants killed following an attack on a North Sinai army post.

A local affiliate of Daesh group later claimed responsibility.

Earlier this month, the group claimed it had blown up a gas pipeline in the Sinai Peninsula that it claimed was connected to ‘Israel’.

Security sources, however, said the targeted pipeline was a domestic one.

Egypt launched a nationwide operation against militants in February 2018, mainly focusing on North Sinai.