Egypt army says more than 70 extremists killed in north Sinai

Operations launched 'on homes of terrorists'

Egyptian security forces launched a major assault against militants in the troubled northern part of the Sinai peninsula in 2018. Reuters
Egyptian security forces launched a major assault against militants in the troubled northern part of the Sinai peninsula in 2018. Reuters

Egypt's army announced on Sunday that more than 70 extremists were killed in recent military operations in northern Sinai, the location of an insurrection affiliated to ISIS.

It said the operations were aimed at "homes of terrorists" and that 73 were killed between July 22 and August 30.

Four other extremists were killed, the army said without elaborating.

"Three officers and four soldiers were killed or wounded," the army said.

In February 2018, security forces launched a nationwide operation against militants, focused on North Sinai.

More than 930 suspected militants have been killed in the region along with dozens of security personnel, official figures show.

No independently verified death toll is available.

Updated: August 31, 2020 02:29 AM

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