Egyptian army shoots dead 60 militants in North Sinai

Egyptian army kills 60 militants amid clashes in North Sinai peninsula

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Egyptian army special forces man a temporary checkpoint outside Sharm el-Sheikh airport.

The Egyptian army killed 60 gunmen amid clashes with terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula, an army spokesman said on Friday.

Army "counterterrorism units backed by the air force" on Friday "killed 60 terrorists, wounded another 40 and destroyed 27 four-wheel pick-up trucks south of Rafah and Sheikh Zayed" in North Sinai, the spokesman said on his official Facebook page.

However, the toll could not be independently verified.

Since armed fighting in the area was sparked after Egypt's military overthrew the country's first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, militant attacks on the army and police have continued despite large-scale army operations against them.  

A local DAESH affiliate group claimed an attack last week on a police checkpoint near North Sinai's provincial capital of El-Arish that killed 15 policemen.

The DAESH terrorist group's affiliate in Sinai previously claimed responsibility for bombing a Russian passenger plane in October that killed all 224 people on board, minutes after it took off from a South Sinai beach resort.