14 militants killed in Egypt: Official

Fourteen militants have been killed and 47 others arrested in raids carried out by Egyptian army in the country`s North Sinai area, an official said.

PTI| Updated: Jul 27, 2014, 16:00 PM IST

Cairo: Fourteen militants have been killed and 47 others arrested in raids carried out by Egyptian army in the country`s North Sinai area, an official said.

"Fourteen militants were killed in an exchange with fire during army attacks on several terrorist hideouts in North Sinai," army spokesman wrote on his official Facebook page.

"Some 47 suspected militants were also detained," the spokesman said.

Army raids in North Sinai had earlier killed 12 militants.

Eleven suspects were also arrested during Friday raids, spokesman Mohamed Samir Abdel Aziz said last night.
He said that the army has destroyed 36 houses and 40 shelters used by Takfiri groups and also destroyed 5 cars and 12 motorcycles owned by them.

Militants attacked a military checkpoint in Al-Wadi Al-Gedid governorate in southern Egypt last week, killing 21 Egyptian border guards and injuring four others.

The guards were killed during an exchange of fire with the unknown gunmen which lead to the exploding of the checkpoint`s ammunition storage, which was fired by using rocket-propelled grenades, Samir said.

On Friday two senior security forces officers were killed by unknown gunmen in Sheikh Zowayed in North Sinai.

North Sinai has been the scene of many violent attacks by Islamist militants since January 2011 revolution.

The attacks by Islamists militant targeting police and military increased after the ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi last year.

Many policemen and soldiers, have been killed in the attacks including bombings and shootings.

The military has launched frequent security raids in the area, arrested suspects and demolished housing that it says hosts "terrorist" activity, including facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.