Three Egyptian troops killed in anti-militant operation in Sinai

Monday, 19 February 2018

Egypt’s military says three troops, including an officer, were killed in restive Sinai in fighting with militants.They are the first casualties Egypt has announced from an offensive Cairo launched on February 9.Military spokesman Tamer al-Rifai said Monday that two other officers and a conscript were wounded in the fighting, part of the sweep aiming to end a years-long insurgency by Islamic militants.He says four militants were also killed.The operation covers north and central Sinai and ...

Egypt army: Militants looking to Sinai for new home base

Thursday, 15 February 2018

After crushing blows in Iraq and Syria, global militants could be eyeing Egypt's Sinai Peninsula as a new home base, the army said Thursday, as it presses an offensive in the region. Cairo last week announced a major operation against militants across swathes of territory, including the volatile region which has been at the heart of a persistent ISIS group insurgency.The security sweeps in the Sinai, Nile Delta and Western Desert near the border with Libya comes as the country prepares for polls ...

Egypt forces have killed 38 militants in major operation

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Egypt's military said Tuesday it has killed 38 militants and arrested more than 500 militants and suspects days after launching a major operation against an ISIS group affiliate in Sinai.The military said it had killed 10 "extremely dangerous" extremists, in addition to 28 militant fighters it had previously announced as having been killed.A statement added that 400 "criminal elements and suspects" had been arrested, having previously announced the arrest of 126 people.The ...

Egypt continues Sinai crackdown as 28 militants killed, 126 arrested

Monday, 12 February 2018

Egyptian security forces killed 28 militants and arrested 126 in a continuing crackdown in Sinai, the army said in a statement carried by State TV on Monday. Egypt's air force also destroyed 60 militant targets, the statement said, part of a campaign to crush Islamist insurgents blamed for a string of attacks. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is seeking re-election in March, ordered the armed forces in November to defeat militants within three months after an attack on a mosque killed more ...

Egyptian army says 16 militants killed in Sinai operation

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Sixteen militants were killed and 4 others arrested in a major crackdown launched by Egypt on Friday, the Egyptian army said in a statement carried by state TV early on Sunday. Another 30 suspects were arrested, it said. The Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Nov. 29 ordered the military to defeat militants in North Sinai within three months, after an attack on a mosque which killed more than 300 people, the deadliest such incident in the Arab world's most populous country. A military ...

Egyptian air force pounds Sinai militants

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Egypt’s air force pounded militant targets in northern and central Sinai early on Saturday, the military said, the second day of an assault to try to crush an insurgency that has killed hundreds of people since 2013.President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is seeking re-election in March, ordered the armed forces in November to defeat militants within three months after an attack on a mosque killed more than 300 people.Insurgents have been targeting security forces since 2013 when the army led ...

Egypt to impose curfew on parts of North Sinai

Friday, 12 January 2018

Egypt will impose a curfew on parts of the North Sinai region starting on Saturday after the country extended its state of emergency, the official gazette said. The curfew includes areas at the border town of Rafah near Gaza from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and around the town of El-Arish from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., it said. Egypt extended its state of emergency for three months last week to help tackle “the dangers and funding of terrorism”. Egypt’s security forces have for years been ...

Egypt says its forces kill 8 suspected militants in Sinai

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Egypt says security forces have killed eight suspected militants in a shootout in the northern Sinai Peninsula. The Interior Ministry said Tuesday the gun battle broke out when the forces raided a suspected hideout in el-Arish city. It said the militants were planning attacks targeting security forces, and were in possession of explosives, rifles and ammunition. Egypt has been battling militants in the northern part of Sinai Peninsula for years, but the insurgency became far more deadly after ...

Egypt hangs five prisoners over bombing that killed military cadets

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Egyptian prison authorities executed on Tuesday five inmates who had been sentenced to death, four of them over a bombing that killed military cadets, security officials said.The hangings came days after the execution of 15 inmates convicted of attacking police and the military in the largest mass execution in Egypt in recent memory.Four of those executed on Tuesday had been sentenced to death by a military court over a 2015 the bombing at a stadium north of Cairo that killed three military ...

Army: Explosion in Egypt's Sinai kills six soldiers

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Six Egyptian soldiers died when their vehicle exploded during a raid against “terrorists” in restless North Sinai province, the army said Thursday.“ An officer and five soldiers died when an explosive device blew up their vehicle during a raid on a terrorist den,” spokesman Tamer al-Rifai said in a statement. In a separate operation, three jihadists were killed, he said, adding that they were in possession of weapons, ammunition and explosive devices. Four vehicles ...

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