Egypt Army raids: 19 militants killed

Nine militants were killed in Al-Gora village in south of Sheikh Zuweid in a heavy gunfire exchange with army during a security raid in the area.

By: PTI | Cairo | Updated: March 27, 2016 10:54 am

At least 19 militants have been killed in army raids in Egypt’s restive North Sinai governorate, a day after 60 terrorists were killed in similar strikes in the country.

Nine militants were killed in Al-Gora village in south of Sheikh Zuweid in a heavy gunfire exchange with army during a security raid in the area.

The military air raids also killed 10 militants in Abu Taweela village in Sheikh Zuweid. Six suspected militants have been arrested on Saturday.

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A number of headquarters belonging to the militants have been wiped out which include 23 shelters, 27 unlicensed vehicles and two motorcycle.

In a separate incident, a bomb planted by unidentified militants targeted a security forces’ armoured vehicle and injured four police personnel in the governorate.

On Friday, army Spokesperson Brigadier General Mohamed Samir said that 60 terrorists were killed and 40 others injured in army raids in the restive North Sinai cities of Rafah and Shiekh Zwayed.

The country’s North Sinai governorate has witnessed many violent attacks by militants since the January 2011 revolution that toppled ex-president Hosni Mubarak.

The attacks targeting police and military personnel shot up after the ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule.

Over 700 security personnel have been killed since then.

The military has launched security campaigns in the area, arrested suspects and demolished houses belonging to terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.

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