Egypt military says two soldiers, 64 militants killed in Sinai
Egypt's military said two soldiers were killed during a widescale offensive against militants in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 64 militants on its sixth day
Egypt's military said two soldiers were killed Saturday during a widescale offensive against jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 64 militants on its sixth day.
The military launched the campaign Monday to uproot militants loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group who have turned the northern part of the peninsula into a launch pad for attacks.
It says it has killed 296 militants since the start of the operation, including those killed on Saturday. It was not possible independently to verify the toll.
Eight soldiers have been killed according to the military, including the two on Saturday.
Egypt has been struggling to quell an insurgency in the peninsula since the military overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013.
The government says hundreds of police and soldiers have been killed, many of them in attacks claimed by ISIS's Sinai Province affiliate.
The operation came days after the Sinai Province released a video documenting its attacks on the military in Sinai, including footage of a wire-guided missile strike that destroyed a navy vessel.
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