CAIRO: Security forces killed three alleged takfirist militants and injured four others in a separate location south of Sheikh Zuwayed, North Sinai Friday, security sources told Youm7.
Authorities also said gunmen clashed with security officers during what is being called a militant “extermination” campaign, and a road bomb was detected and neutralized.
Several main squares and roads leading to key State buildings have been closed in North Sinai since Thursday, the sources said.
Some 300 kilograms of explosives were detected then remotely detonated inside a tunnel under a road west of Rafah. Militants have attacked several armed vehicles by planting explosives on their routes.
Military spokesperson Mohamed Ghoneim Thursday posted pictures of men who were apparently shot dead, and said they were killed in security campaigns from Aug. 8 to Sep. 3 in North Sinai, Ismailia, Sharqia, Dakahlia, Kafr el-Sheikh and Alexandria. The bodies were pictured next to weapons.
On Wednesday, Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis posted a video of the militant group allegedly bombing an armed security vehicle—which killed 10 privates and an officer Tuesday—and pictures of the victims’ seized belongings.
Although under a firm security grip, militants in North Sinai still occasionally strike security targets in the scarcely populated governorate, and even install checkpoints to abduct locals “wanted” for aiding Egyptian intelligence.
Additional reporting by Mohamed Hussein.