Five militants killed, 78 arrested in army raids in Egypt

Egyptian army has killed five militants and arrested 78 others in raids during the last three days in the restive North Sinai governorate, an official on Wednesday said.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 24, 2014, 20:46 PM IST

Cairo: Egyptian army has killed five militants and arrested 78 others in raids during the last three days in the restive North Sinai governorate, an official on Wednesday said.

Army spokesperson Mohamed Samir said the raids were part of a campaign launched by the military against terrorists in the governorate.

Samir said the militants were killed and arrested between December 21 and 23.

The spokesperson said during the campaign 37 unlicensed motorcycles and vehicles used in terror attacks against army and police personnel were destroyed.

Twenty nine terrorist hideouts and seven tunnels used by militants to smuggle weapons to Gaza were also destroyed.

Egypt has witnessed many violent militant attacks since the January 2011 revolution that toppled ex-president Hosni Mubarak.

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

Over 500 security personnel have been reported killed since then.

In October, at least 31 Egyptian soldiers killed were killed in a terror attack in North Sinai.

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