Cairo – Egypt’s military said Friday seven suspected militants were killed in a raid carried out as part of its operations against terrorists in the restive Sinai Peninsula.
“The armed forces carried out a targeted operation that resulted in the killing of seven takfiris,” the army said in a statement, employing a term used by Egyptian authorities for terrorists.
The raid was part of “ongoing efforts of the armed forces to combat terrorism and based on intelligence indicating the presence of a terrorist outpost on a farm in North Sinai,” the statement added.
One suspected militant died during the raid, while six others were killed after troops tracked them to a hideout.
The military also found 10 explosive devices, four explosive belts, several rifles and ammunition as well as various mobile phones and walkie-talkies as a result of the operation.
Security forces have been battling a long-running terrorist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula — in Egypt’s northeast — that is spearheaded by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group.
The fighting intensified after the military’s 2013 ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.
In February 2018, security forces launched a nationwide operation against militants, focused on North Sinai.
More than 930 suspected militants have been killed in the region along with dozens of security personnel, according to official figures.