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Egypt’s army says six militants killed in latest North Sinai raids

Monday, February 27, 2017 12:00
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Egypt’s army says six militants killed in latest North Sinai raids
Ahram Online , Monday 27 Feb 2017
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/258971/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-army-says-six-militants-killed-in-latest-No.aspx

Egypt’s army said in a statement on Monday it has killed six militants
during the most recent several raids against terrorists’ hideouts in North
Sinai.

The army’s announcement comes a few days after a number of Coptic families
fled the governorate following a spate of killings of Christians by Islamist
militants.

Army spokesman Tamer El-Refai said security forces in North Sinai also
arrested 18militant suspects during the raids.

Two storehouses used to hide explosives were discovered, and eight
improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were deactivated by the forces.

“Law enforcement forces will continue carrying out their mission with
determination to uproot terrorism and eliminate terrorist elements,” the
statement read.

Egypt’s army and police forces have been waging a war over the past several
years against an Islamist militant insurgency in North Sinai.

Hundreds of security personnel have been killed in terror attacks by
militants. The army also killed hundreds of militants.

In the past month, militants have targeted Christian residents, killing
seven Christians in North sinai.

Last week, the Islamic State militant group called on supporters in a video,
in which it claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a church in Cairo
in December, to attack Christians across the country.

Several days after the video was released, three Christians were murdered in
El-Arish.

118 displaced Coptic families have been temporarily housed by the government
in four governorates, according to a report released by the Cabinet on
Sunday.



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