CAIRO: North Sinai security forces have detonated six planted bombs and dismantled two others discovered in Arish city, Youm7 reported Sunday.
Subsequently, forces blocked the area surrounding the North Sinai Security Directorate, Arish Prison, North Sinai court, several police stations and Arish’s main telecommunication center.
Cars were banned to move in the closed areas, for “security measures” to protect personnel serving in these areas from being targeted.
A security source announced Saturday that the ongoing security crackdown in the peninsula has targeted some “terrorist” hideouts, killed dozens of armed men and arrested a suspect who was allegedly planning to target forces.
The results of a recent military operation against extremists in North Sinai will be announced soon, according to the source.
The northern tip of the peninsula, allegedly hosting hideouts of extremists targeting the army, has been witnessing an escalated security campaign by military forces against a rising wave of militancy.
Accordingly, the army has announced killing and arresting hundreds of “terrorists” in different confrontations. Hundreds of military and police personnel have been killed in a series of attacks launched since the 2013 ouster of the President Mohamed Morsi. Civilians were not immune of such aggression, as many of them were killed after their houses were shelled or beheaded by radical groups who claim the victims’ cooperation with Israel or the army.
The Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group recently rebranded its name to be Sinai Province after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group in November 2014.
The group has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks launched in North Sinai. The recent of them was the beheading of a kidnapped Croatian citizen.
The militant group launched simultaneous attacks on military checkpoints in North Sinai July 1, leaving 17 soldiers killed and some 30 injured, according to the military spokesperson.