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Egypt says 30 suspected militants killed in Sinai raids

Image of military vehicles of Egyptian Armed Forces [Pool / Egyptian Armed Forces - Anadolu Agency]
Military vehicles belonging to the Egyptian Armed Forces in Sinai, Egypt [Pool / Egyptian Armed Forces/Anadolu Agency]

Egyptian security forces killed 30 suspected militants in ground and air raids in North Sinai conducted over the past four days, the military said in a statement on Friday.

Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency led by the Islamic State group in the Sinai Peninsula, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed since 2013.

The military statement said 30 “highly dangerous” militants were killed and five others arrested in the raids, though it did not name a specific militant group or release names of those killed.

Read: Egyptian security forces kill prominent Daesh militant in North Sinai

This month Egypt was hit by one of the worst attacks on its security forces in years when 23 soldiers were killed after two suicide car bombs were detonated in North Sinai.

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