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Egypt: Army kills six armed extremists in Sinai raids

Thursday, November 3, 2016 15:25
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Army kills six armed extremists in Sinai raids
Thu, 03/11/2016 – 12:43 Al-Masry Al-Youm

Egyptian soldiers have killed six armed extremists during a shootout in
Sinai as part of a renewed effort in the battle against Islamist insurgents,
according to an Armed Forces statement on Thursday.

A statement from military spokesperson Mohamed Samir said that police and
army personnel raided 36 locations in Arish, Rafah and Sheikh Zuwayed that
were used by insurgents to plan and conduct terrorist attacks.

Six insurgents were killed and four other suspects were arrested in the
raids, while two machine guns and other weapons found, in addition to
military uniforms.

The new wave of raids is part of the resumption of Operation Martyr’s Right,
the main anti-insurgent operation in the Sinai Peninsula. The current
actions are being undertaken by soldiers from the Second and Third Field
Armies, supported by police.

The raids also resulted in the destruction of four cars and 32 motorbikes
used by extremists, in addition to a fuel store and a workshop for
manufacturing weapons. Six bombs were found and defused.

Security troops have been engaged in a battle with insurgents in North and
Central Sinai for the past three years. Among the main insurgent groups is
Sinai Province, an organization linked to the Islamic State terrorist group.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


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