20 alleged terrorists arrested, 5 killed in North Sinai
Egyptian army in Sinai - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A security source told Youm7 Thursday that 20 alleged terrorists were arrested in Rafah including 6 alleged takfiris extremists, as approximately 16 terrorist camps were destroyed in different areas north Sinai.

Military spokesperson Mohamed Samir announced Wednesday that military forces carried out several successful operations in Rafah, Arish and Sheikh Zuwayd, and 5 alleged militants suspected to be involved in the murder of Captain Ayman el-Desouki last Sunday were killed.

Rafah Captain Desouki was kidnapped Sunday by the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which has been targeting army and police forces since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

After his kidnapping, a large campaign was launched to locate his whereabouts, in which over 10 were killed. His body was found on a road Tuesday.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab mourned Desouki, and offered his condolences to the victim’s family and stressed that the state would continue its fight against terrorism.

Samir added in his statement that about 24 tunnels were destroyed, along with 10 different vehicles used in previous “terrorist operations.”

Another security sources said that long 4 tunnels between Egypt and Gaza were completely demolished, as the forces founded them as they were removing houses along the border and buffer zone near Rafah, Youm7 reported Wednesday night.

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