CAIRO: Two leaders of the Sinai-based jihadist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) were reportedly killed and three others were arrested in military raids in South Rafah, DPA reported Sunday.
On Friday, the Defense Ministry’s official website posted a YouTube video depicting several armed forces operations against militants in North Sinai.
The video showed edited scenes of military tanks combing areas they patrol North Sinai as well as footage of killed and captured militants, seized weapons, bombs and mortar shells.
The video streamed also reported that in parallel to the army efforts in North Sinai, an intensified security campaign has also managed to arrest smugglers in South and Center of Sinai Peninsula and South Egypt.
Narration in the video states that military operations took place in Arish, Rafah and Sheikh Zuwayed, where many attacks targeting armed and police forces have been carried out by militant groups.
“The raids that took place over the past few days resulted in killing a number of extremely dangerous takfiri elements after fire exchange and the arresting of other suspects,” the video states.
The video reports 30 cars without licenses seized, 61 motorbikes were burnt and 170 “terrorist hotbeds” were destroyed during the past days, according to the video.
The video has also includes photos of tunnels on the Rafah borderline that were discovered and destroyed by border patrols and military engineers; it was said a total number of 16 new tunnels were uncovered.
Hundreds of tunnels were discovered under evacuated homes in Rafah after a buffer zone was announced in October 2014. The buffer zone was established following a bomb attack that killed 31 soldiers, in a military escalation after Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
The group’s attacks have been launched since the former President Mohamed Morsi was removed from his position by the army following mass protests in June 2013 against his ruling.
ABM, newly branded as “Wilayat Sinai” (State of Sinai), pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and its self-declared caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria. The jihadist group has frequently broadcast videos of killings soldiers, beheadings of Sinai residents and bombings of army vehicles.
The Facebook page of military spokesperson Mohamed Samir has been publishing several pictures of dead militants and takfiri elements killed in army raids in Sinai since last fall.