Egyptian army kills 88 militants in Sinai in 11 days

Egyptian army sources say 88 militants have been killed in northern Sinai Peninsula in last eleven days

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Aug 3, 2015

A military spokesman of the Egyptian army claimed on Sunday that dozens of militants have been killed by army in the past eleven days  in the northern Sinai Peninsula which shares borders with both Israel and the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Egyptian Army spokesman Brigadier-General Mohamed Samir said in a facebook post on Sunday that the army had killed 88 militants in the volatile region between July 20 and July 31.

He also claimed that 58 others were detained over the same period with the suspicion of engaging in militant activities.

According to the statement, 39  vehicles and 36 motorbikes used by militants had also been destroyed by army forces.  

At least 17 soldiers were killed last month in attacks carried out by militants on army checkpoints in northern Sinai and since then, security forces have accelerated their campaign against suspected militants.  

Northern Sinai has been facing insurgency against security forces since the armed forces led by General Abdel Fattah el Sisi seized control of Egypt in July 2013 arresting government officers in the following days along with other top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Selim Suleiman al Haram, a leading member of the Egyptian ISIS-affiliated militant group, Ansar Beit al Maqdis, was killed by Egyptian armed forces in a shootout just outside his house in North Sinai, the army spokesman said in a statement on Saturday.


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