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Egypt Kills 14 Suspected Militants After Sinai Attack

Egypt Kills 14 Suspected Militants After Sinai Attack

Thursday, 6 June, 2019 - 14:15
Egyptian security forces drive on a road leading to the North Sinai provincial capital of El-Arish in this picture taken on July 26, 2018 | AFP
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Egyptian security forces killed 14 militants suspected in an attack on a police checkpoint in northern Sinai where at least eight policemen died, the interior ministry said in a statement received on Thursday.

The deaths raise to 19 the number of militants killed since the attack near the North Sinai provincial capital of al-Arish early on Wednesday, which ISIS claimed responsibility for.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that security forces have tracked down militants who escaped after that to an abandoned house in Masaeed neighborhood in al-Arish.

"While they were being surrounded, they opened fire extensively towards the forces. They were engaged resulting in the death of 14 terrorist elements," the statement said.

It said 14 automatic weapons, three explosives devices, and two suicide belts were found in their possession.

Pictures of the slain militants lying in pools of blood were also circulated along with the statement.

In a statement released by its propaganda wing, Amaq, ISIS said its fighters had launched "two simultaneous attacks on two police checkpoints" in El-Arish.

The attack took place on the day Egyptian Muslims marked the holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

In February 2018, the army launched a nationwide offensive against militants, focused mainly on North Sinai.

The troubled hotspot has long been a center of insurgents affiliated with ISIS that Egypt has battled against.

According to official figures, around 665 insurgents have been killed since the start of the operation, while the army has lost some 50 soldiers.

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