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Egypt says four suspected Islamists killed in Sinai

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EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A handout picture obtained from the official facebook page of Egypt’s ministry of interior on June 5, 2019 allegedly shows the body of one of the assailants shot dead by the Egyptian security forces after militants killed eight Egyptian paramilitaries at a checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula, centre of a long-running jihadist insurgency in Egypt, on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday. – “Terrorist elements targeted a checkpoint west of El-Arish early this morning… The exchange of fire killed five terrorist elements and eight police were martyred,” a ministry statement said. A security source said reinforcements had been dispatched to the checkpoint near El-Arish, capital of North Sinai province. (Photo by – / AFP) /

Egyptian security forces killed four suspected jihadists in restive North Sinai allegedly involved in a deadly attack this week on a police checkpoint, the interior ministry said Saturday.

It said the suspects were killed in a shootout as security forces raided a building used as a hideout in the town of El-Arish, and three assault rifles and a explosive vest were seized.

Since Wednesday’s attack claimed by the Islamic State group on a checkpoint, southwest of El-Arish, the capital of North Sinai, in which eight policemen died, operations by security forces have killed a total of 26 “terrorists”, according to the ministry.

The hotspot of North Sinai in eastern Egypt has long been a centre of insurgents affiliated with IS.

In February 2018, the army launched a nationwide offensive against the militants.

According to official figures, around 650 militants have been killed since the start of the operation, while the army has lost some 50 soldiers.

No independent statistics are available and the region is largely cut off to journalists, making verification of casualty figures extremely difficult.


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