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Egypt Security Forces Kill 16 Militants in North Sinai

Egypt Security Forces Kill 16 Militants in North Sinai

Tuesday, 19 February, 2019 - 11:00
Military forces look on in North Sinai, Egypt, December 1, 2017. (Reuters)
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Egyptian security forces killed 16 suspected militants in the northern Sinai region, state media reported Tuesday.

Ten militants were killed in the Obeidat district of Arish and another six were killed in the Abu Eita district of the city, state-run Al Ahram said.

An undisclosed quantity of weapons, ammunition and explosives were found with the six in Abu Eita.

The two sides exchanged gunfire, it said without elaborating.

The suspected militants' bodies were taken to several hospitals in the city of Ismailia to be examined and identified, security and medical sources said.

The report came the day after an explosion in central Cairo killed three policemen.

The security forces and military had launched in February 2018 a comprehensive operation in northern Sinai aimed at ridding the peninsula of terrorist groups.

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