Two militants were killed while one other injured during a military raid in the restive Sinai province of Egypt, a military source has said.
Armed forces also destroyed two cars used by the militants during the raid on Monday, the source said.
The three militants were hiding in a farm that belongs to an Ansar Beit el-Maqeds (Jerusalem supporters) leader, who was accused of shooting down a military helicopter and killing its five soldiers crew eight months ago, the source said.
Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a dominant militant group based in Sinai has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on police and soldiers. It said in January that it had downed a military helicopter with a surface-to-air missile and killing its entire crew in the area around the city of Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai, near the Gaza border.