Egypt army kills 16 jihadists in Sinai

After a Mosque Massacre, Egypt Strikes Back in Sinai

Egyptian military says it has destroyed dozens of targets killing sixteen militants as part of its latest operation in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula.

Egyptian ground troops, air forces and navy joined with border guards and the police for the operation, dubbed Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018.

It also discovered and destroyed an explosives-making laboratory and a communications centre, as well as six cannabis and opium fields, he said.

Egypt is quietly carrying out the operation with cooperation from Israel.

Tamer al-Refaei was quoted by Efe on Friday saying that the Egyptian army was intensifying its war in northern Sinai, which it had been fighting since 2014 against terror organisations including a subsidiary of the Islamic State, and over which the authorities have imposed a total media blackout.




The ministry also said it had arrested 14 alleged militants in operations spanning five provinces the Nile Delta in the north and two provinces in Upper Egypt in the south, while the army had previously announced operations were to take place in the western desert. The mission, announced Friday, is meant to target "terrorist and criminal elements and organizations" across Egypt.

It said many foreign countries have their eyes set on Sinai, claiming that terrorists carry out attacks in Sinai with "technological backing from intelligence [services] of countries hostile to Egypt".

In addition to its attacks on Christians, IS has adopted a threatening tone against Sufi Muslims, whom it considers to be heretics.

"Egypt has for decades suffered from a variety of terrorist attacks, but terrorism in recent years has taken a very risky turn", targeting all Egyptians, including the army and police, as well as churches, to provoke sedition between Muslims and Christians, and even mosques, the group said in its statement. Locals said the mosque was popular among Sufis.

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