CAIRO: Thirteen “highly dangerous terrorists” were killed in North Sinai in a gun battle with military forces, and large amounts of bomb-making materials were seized, according to a Monday statement by military spokesperson Mohamed Samir.
The “terrorists” were killed in the areas of al-Azareg, Madaq al-Jamil, south al-Berth, al-gerei’, and Wadi Amr.
Thirty Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), that were planted along a route known to be taken by the forces northwest of Jabal al-Halal mountain, were remotely detonated by security personnel who also found fifty anti-tank mines and 95 mines without explosives in the same area.
Inside a gorge in the mountain, security forces seized 1,750 kilos of gunpowder, 75 iron cylinders used in IED-making, 100 barrels containing bomb-making materials, five sacks of aluminum nitrate, explosive circuits, six walkie-talkies, field glasses, 14 grenades, two machine guns and ammunition.
The army also destroyed three cars and two plate-less motorcycles believed to be used by militants.
Samir said the raid is part of the third phase of the “Martyr’s Right” military operation, which “aims to achieve full control on North Sinai’s towns of Arish, Rafah and Sheikh Zuwayed.”
The second phase of the operation killed over 500 militants, according to previous reports by Samir.