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Egypt's army killed 52 jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula

Egyptian forces launched operation "Sinai 2018" in February to rid the peninsula of Islamic militants who have been waging a bloody insurgency.


PTI Last Updated at 05-08-2018 15:51:20 IST
Egypt's army killed 52 jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula

Egypt's army said today its forces have killed over the past few days 52 jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula where the military is conducting a vast operation against militants.

Egyptian forces launched operation "Sinai 2018" in February to rid the peninsula of Islamic militants who have been waging a bloody insurgency.

"Over the last few days, the operations have led to... the elimination of 52 extremely dangerous takfiri individuals," the military said in a statement referring to Sunni Muslim extremists.

During these operations in North Sinai and the center of the peninsula 49 militants were also arrested in joint raids conducted by the armed forces and the police, the statement added.

More than 250 jihadists and at least 30 soldiers have been killed since the military launched the operation, according to official figures.

Jihadists launched an insurgency in Sinai after the 2013 military overthrow of Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who was forced out in the face of mass protests against his rule.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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