CAIRO: The Egyptian Army announced killing 14 “terrorists” during an exchange of fire between when they attacked the military personnel in North Sinai on Monday, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir said in a Facebook statement. One of those arrested was a “very dangerous terrorist” called Sweilem Mohamed Sweilem Salama, according to the statement.
Samir said the security crackdowns took place on Aug. 23 and 24. Four wanted outlaws were arrested in Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah and three cars and 11 vehicles without licenses were destroyed. Five smuggling tunnels were destroyed, reaching a total of 1,706 destroyed tunnels in Rafah.
The Egyptian Army is currently carrying out extensive operations in North Sinai to limit jihadists’ bombings and the targeting of police and army personnel. Attacks against the police and army escalated since Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by then-Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on July 3.