Egypt army says killed 16 militants in Sinai

The army says that it has killed 16 terrorists and four militants over the past few days in the Sinai Peninsula.

Egypt army says killed 16 militants in Sinai
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Egypt's army said on Saturday that its troops had killed 16 militants and arrested four other militants over the past two days in raids in the northern quarter of the Sinai Peninsula.

"Military and police forces foiled a terrorist plot that targeted a checkpoint with a bomb-laced truck in the North Sinai city of al-Arish on Friday," army spokesman Mohamed Samir said in a Facebook statement.

"The truck was destroyed and the driver and another terrorist were killed," Samir said.

The spokesman said that army and police forces also killed two others on motorbikes, while monitoring the checkpoint.

Six were killed on Friday in a security raid on a house in the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, according to Samir.

In a separate operation, security forces killed a militant while trying to escape on a motorcycle in Sheikh Zuweid, the spokesman said.

The army spokesman said that five had been killed and four others arrested in security raids in Al-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid on Thursday.

Egypt has been cracking down on militants in Sinai, which shares borders with Israel and the Gaza Strip, for more than a year now amid a rise in militant attacks against army personnel, policemen and security sites, the most recent of which claimed the lives 31 troops on October 24.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Aralık 2014, 15:12