CAIRO: Security forces have killed 151 militants and arrested members of three alleged terrorist cells in raids in North Sinai during the past three days, security sources told Youm7 Saturday.
The forces also had unearthed and destroyed 18 smuggling tunnels running under the Egypt-Gaza border that contained explosives and mortar shells, said the source.
Some 47 of the 151 militants were identified by the security forces as “dangerous Takfiris,”and 22 of them are Egyptians while 25 others hail from different countries including Pakistan, according to the source.
Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has witnessed several violent attacks by militants since the January 25 Revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The attacks increased following the military ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 following a mass protest against his rule.
The raid is the latest attack of a continuous conflict between security forces and militants in the restive Sinai Peninsula. It came a week after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ordered the formation of a “unified military leadership” for Sinai and the areas east of the Suez Canal.
On Jan. 29, at least 40 people, including civilians, were killed and other dozens were injured in a series of coordinated attacks that hit North Sinai’s Arish City.