Egypt says seven suspected terrorists killed in Sinai raid

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Egypt's military said Friday seven suspected militants were killed in a raid carried out as part of its operations against terrorists in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

“The armed forces carried out a targeted operation that resulted in the killing of seven takfiris,” the army said in a statement, employing a term used by Egyptian authorities for terrorists.

The raid was part of “ongoing efforts of the armed forces to combat terrorism and based on intelligence indicating the presence of a terrorist outpost on a farm in North Sinai,” the statement added.

One suspected militant died during the raid, while six others were killed after troops tracked them to a hideout.

The military also found 10 explosive devices, four explosive belts, several rifles and ammunition as well as various mobile phones and walkie-talkies as a result of the operation.

Security forces have been battling a long-running terrorist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula -- in Egypt's northeast -- that is spearheaded by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group.

The fighting intensified after the military's 2013 ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.

In February 2018, security forces launched a nationwide operation against militants, focused on North Sinai.

More than 930 suspected militants have been killed in the region along with dozens of security personnel, according to official figures.

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