Egypt says 4 suspected militants killed in Sinai


Egypt says 4 suspected militants killed in Sinai

Cairo - They were allegedly involved in the deadly attack on a police checkpoint in northern Sinai.


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Published: Sat 8 Jun 2019, 4:18 PM

Last updated: Sat 8 Jun 2019, 6:23 PM

Egyptian security forces killed four suspected militants in North Sinai allegedly involved in a deadly attack this week on a police checkpoint, the interior ministry said Saturday. 
It said the suspects were killed in a shootout as security forces raided a building used as a hideout in the town of El-Arish, and three assault rifles and a explosive vest were seized. 
Since Wednesday's attack claimed by the Islamic State group on a checkpoint, southwest of El-Arish, the capital of North Sinai, in which eight policemen died, operations by security forces have killed a total of 26 "terrorists", according to the ministry.
The hotspot of North Sinai in eastern Egypt has long been a centre of insurgents affiliated with Daesh.
In February 2018, the army launched a nationwide offensive against the militants.
According to official figures, around 650 militants have been killed since the start of the operation, while the army has lost some 50 soldiers.

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