Monday, 15 October, 2018

6 soldiers, 24 militants killed in Egypt's Sinai attacks

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Kenny Thornton | 16 October, 2017, 16:11

Since then, most of the terrorist operations were claimed by a Sinai-based group loyal to the regional Islamic State (IS) militant group.

"Another terrorist was injured and two four-by-four vehicles used by the terrorist elements were destroyed", the spokesman added, noting that the forces are now combing the area in search for escaping terrorists.

"They looted the entire bank and left explosive devices inside", a senior security official said. A bank employee appeared to have been kidnapped in today's attack, the officials said.

The Egyptian military stated that 24 militants and six soldiers had been killed on Sunday when over a hundred militants attacked security outposts outside Sheikh Zuweid.

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IS claimed responsibility in a statement carried by the extremists' Aamaq media outlet.

Egypt has been fighting off Islamic State group members in the Sinai Peninsula since 2013, after the Egyptian military overthrew former President Mohamed Morsi.

Four Egyptian policemen and two civilians were killed and 22 others were injured in an attack by militants on a security post in North Sinai province on Monday, security sources said.

The opening of the Rafah crossing was part of efforts to ease a decade-old Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the coastal territory.

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