Militant death toll in Sinai reaches 725 after 6 months of crackdown

Egyptian military sources put death toll of 6 months of crackdown on militancy at 725

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Egyptian military spokesman Mohamed Samir told local media outlets Saturday that the Egyptian army’s crackdown on the Ansar Bait al Maqdis militant group has resulted in 725 deaths and nearly 2,000 arrests over the past six months.

Egypt began a statewide crackdown on Ansar in September, focusing mainly on Sinai, after the militant group was held responsible for an attack on a checkpoint, killing over 30 soldiers and security personnel.

Samir also stated that thousands of the group’s hideouts and strongholds have been demolished and that numerous vehicles had been confiscated.

Ansar Bait al Maqdis is a Sinai based insurgency affiliated with ISIS began carrying out a spree of attacks targeting the Egyptian military in 2013.

TRTWorld and agencies