Egypt army says 27 jihadists killed in Sinai operation

A man carries breads on his head along a busy street near a banner for Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al Sisi from the campaign titled “Alashan Tabneeha” after election results in Cairo Egypt

A man carries breads on his head along a busy street near a banner for Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al Sisi from the campaign titled “Alashan Tabneeha” after election results in Cairo Egypt

The Egyptian military said in a statement that despite its losses, its soldiers managed to return fire and kill 14 of the terrorists during the attack.

The security forces have arrested suspects and demolished houses that belong to terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.

The militants blew themselves up outside the camp after they were prevented by security forces from entering, an army statement said.

Operation Sinai 2018 was launched earlier this year "to implement the plan of comprehensive confrontation of terrorist and criminal elements and organisations in North and Central Sinai, and in other areas in the Nile Delta and desert areas west of the Nile Valley", according to the army.

More than 190 militants and at least 22 soldiers have been killed in the massive operation launched on February 9.


Almost two dozen Egyptian officers and soldiers were slaughtered and more than two dozen others were injured in an attack early Saturday morning by Islamic State terrorists at the largest Egyptian army base in Sinai.

Egypt extended its nationwide state of emergency for three months as of April 14, according to the official gazette.

The Sinai Peninsula has remained the epicenter of a militant insurgency since 2013, when the army ousted Mohamed Morsi - Egypt's first freely elected president and a Muslim Brotherhood leader - in a military coup.

"The armed forces were able today to foil a large terrorist operation", the military said. It was extended in July and again in October then January.

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