Egypt airstrike targets al-Qaeda Sinai militants

The North Sinai region is always restive, used as a base by hardline Islamists. (File photo: AFP)

Egyptian military helicopters attacked targets of suspected al-Qaeda linked Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, Al Arabiya’s correspondent reported.

The helicopters targeted militants near the village of Touma in north Sinai, witnesses said.

The military spokesman Colonel Ahmed Aly said in a statement that the military "surveyed and dealt with a group of terrorists" involved in past attacks in the peninsula that killed 16 Egyptian border soldiers.

An airstrike on Friday targeted militants in Sinai killing four members of an Egyptian militant group.

The Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group claimed that the strike was Israeli, but officials said Egyptian planes carried out the air strike.

(With AFP)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:40 - GMT 06:40