CAIRO: Military forces announced Saturday they had killed 35 “terrorists” in North Sinai amid a security campaign against alleged extremist elements involved in killing 16 soldiers Thursday.
The Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) militant group claimed responsibility for the Thursday attacks that took place at military ambushes in Sinai. At least three residents were killed when missiles fell on their homes at the time of the attacks.
In a Saturday statement published on the Facebook page of military spokesperson Mohamed Samir, the armed forces announced that they had “inflicted huge losses” on the “terrorist” elements by killing 35 of them, injuring many and destroying a number of their vehicles.
The spokesperson also published a video documenting the military campaign following Thursday’s attack; there was footage of armored vehicles patrolling, killed “takfiri” (hardline Islamist) militants, and strikes by army helicopters.
On Saturday, the army launched airstrikes at certain spots in Sheikh Zuwayed and Rafah cities. A security source told Youm7 that a ground security operation by anti-terrorism forces would continue to combat radical groups from explanding in the peninsula.
The ABM group, which has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks targeting army and police personnel in the peninsula, re-branded itself in 2014 as Wilayat Sinai or (State of Sinai) in 2014 after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group.