Egypt army kills 40 militants in Sinai raids

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

An Egyptian army tank ran over a auto bomb in the Sinai Peninsula yesterday, an army spokesperson said adding that seven civilians, including two young children, were killed.

An Egyptian army tank runs over an explosive laden vehicle in a move which thwarted an attack which could have claimed the lives of at-least 50 civilians and soldiers in a checkpoint in the restive Sinai Peninsula. Twenty vehicles, four motorcycles and four auto bombs were discovered and destroyed, the statement said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

An insurgency in Egypt's Sinai region has gained pace since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's oldest Islamist movement, following mass protests against his rule in mid-2013.

Forty militants were killed during air raids in the North Sinai cities of Al-Arish, Shiekh Zwayed and Rafah in the past seven days, army spokesperson Tamer el-Refae said in a statement. The militants embarked in a shoot-out with servicemen and detonated a bomb in the vehicle near the tank, resulting in seven civilians killed, including three men, two women and two children.

The aborted attack could have killed almost 50-60 soldiers and civilians, the statement added.

Wilayat Sinai, a group affiliated with ISIL, frequently targets military and police personnel.

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