CAIRO: The Egyptian army announced that five alleged militants were killed and 15 suspects arrested in North Sinai Sunday in the 14th day of the “Martyr’s Right” military operation, the military spokesperson published on its Facebook page.
Security forces defused 16 explosive devices and burned down 10 alleged terrorists’ hideouts, the ministry added.
Also, the forces were able to confiscate three vehicles and destroy three others, besides 18 motorbikes, being used in monitoring and targeting the security forces.
Moreover, nine warehouses filled by food, petroleum products, vehicles’ spare parts and arms were also destroyed, according to the military statement.
On the other hand, 10 suspects were released after investigations proved them unrelated to the terrorist operations against security forces.
The operation is being carried out by Egyptian air and naval forces, aims to achieve full control on North Sinai’s towns of Arish, Rafah and Sheikh Zuwayed.
Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.