CAIRO: At least 29 militants have been killed and 31 others arrested in army raids on the Sinai Peninsula this week, army spokesperson Brigadier General Mohamed Samir said in a statement Thursday.
The raids were carried out in North Sinai towns of Rafah, Al-Arish and Sheikh Zuwayed from April 5 to 8, according to Samir.
“Sixty seven militants’ hideouts along with 106 unlicensed vehicles and motorcycles, used by militants in their attacks against police and army personnel, were destroyed,” he added.
Militancy inside Egypt and Sinai Peninsula in particular has seen a significant rise since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, following a mass protest against his regime. Militant attacks have left over 500 security personnel dead since then.