10 militants killed, 17 arrested in Egypt

Egyptian forces have killed 10 militants and arrested 17 others during raids in the troubled North Sinai, Ismailia and Daqahlia regions, an official said on Monday.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 15, 2014, 17:34 PM IST

Cairo: Egyptian forces have killed 10 militants and arrested 17 others during raids in the troubled North Sinai, Ismailia and Daqahlia regions, an official said on Monday.

Military spokesperson Brigadier General Mohamed Samir said 10 militants were killed during exchange of fire with the army over the past two days.

He said other that the 17 militants, 183 illegal immigrants were also arrested.

Eighteen tunnels, six vehicles, 24 motorcycle, used by the militants to launch attacks on army and police personnel, were destroyed during the campaign, Samir said.

North Sinai has been the scene of many violent attacks by Islamists since the January 2011 revolution that toppled the Hosni Mubarak regime.

Islamist militant attacks targeting the police and the military increased after the ouster of president Mohammed Morsi last year.

Many policemen and soldiers have been killed in the attacks which included bombings and shootings.

In July, militants attacked a military checkpoint in Al-Wadi Al-Gedid governorate in southern Egypt, killing 21 border guards.

The military has launched security campaigns in the area, arrested suspects and demolished houses that belong to terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.