Sinai: Egypt Claims it Killed 500 Terrorists in 16 Days
Egyptian army says first phase of major counter-terrorism op. in Sinai Peninsula completed, as Cairo struggles to put down ISIS insurgency.
The Egyptian military claimed Wednesday to have killed more than 500 jihadi terrorists over the previous 16 days, as it gears up for the second phase of an intensive counter-terrorism operation in the restive eastern Sinai Peninsula.
Scores more terror suspects were also arrested during the operations.
According to the state-controlled Al Ahram, the first 16-day phase of “Operation Martyr’s Right” achieved all of its primary objectives, including “destroying terrorist hideouts and artillery storage facilities.”
“This operation reflected the cohesion between the army, police and the people of Sinai – as well as the unprecedented welcoming [of the people of Sinai] of joint cooperation to control the security situation and to regain their rights of security and stability,” the army said in a statement.
The operation also extended to parts of western Egypt where armed Islamist groups have gained a foothold.
On Monday, soldiers killed 10 terrorists in the Bahariya Oasis. Authorities say they were planning attacks against tourists and other “foreign interests” during the festival of Eid al-Adha, which began Wednesday.
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