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Egypt says 8 soldiers killed, 15 injured in Sinai clashes



Updated 07:38, Saturday, April 14, 2018
[1659002] CAIRO (AP) – Militants with explosive belts blew themselves up as they attempted to infiltrate a military base in Egypt's central Sinai, killing eight soldiers and wounding 15 others, it said on Saturday

14 fighters Dead. They were armed with rifles and RPGs, the armed forces said in a statement. The attack comes two months after the start of a massive operation against militants in Sinai and parts of the Egyptian Nile Delta and the western desert along the porous border with Libya.

There was no direct claim to responsibility for the attack, which occurred the mark of the extremist group of the Islamic State, whose local affiliate leads an Islamic uprising on the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula.

In a previous statement, the army said security forces killed 27 militants, including six in airstrikes, in the turbulent Sinai area. It was also said that the troops arrested 1

14 alleged militants, including 21 wanted criminals.

The numbers provided by the military could not be independently verified as media access to northern Sinai is severely limited.

Egypt has been fighting for years to contain the Islamic uprising in the turbulent Sinai region. She has carried out military operations there that have reportedly killed hundreds of militants.

It has also built a buffer zone along the Gaza border to throttle the flow of militants and weapons through a huge network of tunnels. However, the uprising has shown no signs of weakening


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