CAIRO: Seventeen militants from militant takfiri groups and Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) have been killed during the past 24 hours in military operations carried out by Egyptian security and military forces in North Sinai, security officials told Youm7 Tuesday morning.
Special forces and troops from fighting units with armored vehicles and Hummer jeeps monitored militants driving two 4×4 cars in south of El-Gorah city; the troops shelled the cars killing 6 militants, the officials said.
In south of Rafah, the forces killed 11 alleged militants after exchanging fire with them, and arrested 6 other suspects, the sources added.
The operation came a day after ABM released a video showing that they had taken five captives and killed three of them.
According to the official Facebook of the military spokesperson Mohamed Samir on Oct. 3, 12 “terrorists” were killed in four governorates including North Sinai, Port Said, Ismailia, and Dakahlia.
On Sep. 15, four of ABM members were killed in Rafah; three of them were inside a truck equipped with an anti-craft missile.
Attacks against Egyptian police and military forces intensified, especially in the Sinai, after the dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda squares in August 2013, when at least 680 persons died in clashes with security forces.