Saturday, November 22, 2014

#Egypt's army kills 7, arrests 67 'militants' in North #Sinai

Egypt's military has been combatting a decade-long jihadist insurgency in Sinai, with attacks increasing over the past year



Egypt's army killed seven and arrested 67 alleged militants in restive North Sinai governorate on Thursday and Friday, the armed forces spokesman announced Saturday on his official Facebook page.

The alleged militants died in crossfire while attempting to attack security forces.

The army also destroyed 22 vehicles and 146 motorcycles without license plates, which authorities say are used in waging militant attacks.

According to the statement, the army also destroyed 112 militant hideouts.

Egypt's military has been combatting a decade-long jihadist insurgency in Sinai, with attacks increasing over the past year. Hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed, while the army says it has killed and arrested hundreds of jihadists. Civilians have also been caught in the violence.

In October, Egypt announced a three-month state of emergency in the governorate and a curfew from 5pm to 7am.

Earlier in November, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, Egypt's deadliest militant group operating in Sinai, swore allegiance to the jihadist Islamic State, which has seized large swathes of Syria and Iraq in recent months.

Authorities began demolishing houses and clearing residents along the Egyptian border with Gaza, to set a buffer zone in order to better fight the militant insurgency following a deadly attack by militants that killed 30 soldiers on 24 October.