CAIRO – At least 10 terrorists have been killed on Sunday during a police raid in Arish, North Sinai, bordering Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip, according to security and medical sources.
The bodies of the 10 militants have been moved to a hospital in nearby Ismailia province, China’s Xinhua News Agency reported.
The raid is part of Egypt’s massive anti-terrorism campaign called “Sinai 2018” that started on Friday.
Earlier, the Egyptian army announced that they killed at least 16 militants and arrested four suspects in the restive northern part of the Sinai peninsula.
North Sinai has been the focus of terrorist attacks which killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers following the military removal of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
The attacks later spread to other provinces including the capital Cairo and started to target the Coptic Christian minority via church bombings and shootings.
In Nov 2017, terrorists stormed a mosque in Arish, killing at least 310 Muslim worshippers and injuring more than 120 others.
It is the deadliest terror attack and the first against a mosque in Egypt’s modern history.
Most of the terror attacks were carried out by the so-called Wilayat Sinai, a Sinai-based terrorist group affiliated with Daesh terrorist group.
Following the mosque attack, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered the army to restore security and stability in North Sinai within three months.
“Sinai 2018” comes weeks before Egypt starts its 2018 presidential elections scheduled for late March, where President Abdel Fattah is expected to easily win a second term in office. – BERNAMA