Egyptian army kills militants in Sinai operation


A military operation carried out by Egyptian security forces in the Sinai area has destroyed militant targets and believed to have killed several militants in the process.

According to a report released by the Egyptian army on State television on Monday, the operation was part of a campaign to destroy Islamist insurgents who have been blamed for a string of attacks carried out in the North African country.

The army’s reports that 12 militants were killed during the attack and 92 arrested by security forces, while the air force is believed to have destroyed 60 militant targets.

The Sinai operation forms part of a call by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who gave armed forces three months to defeat the militants who attacked a mosque and killed more than 300 people in the majority Muslim country.

It was the deadliest attack in the country, which is the most populous country in the Arab world.

The president’s call is believed to be an attempt to gain favour as he seeks re-election in the country’s upcoming elections, scheduled for March this year.