Egyptian Army Says 19 Terrorists Were Eliminated In Sinai (Photos)

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The Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF) announced on May 31 that it had carried out a series of counter-terrorism operations in the Sinai Peninsula.

In an official statement, Col. Tamer Rifai, a spokesman for the EAF, summarized the operations as the following:

  • EAF units carried out two special operations in the cities of Rafah, Sheikh Zuweid and Bir al-Abd in northern Sinai. Threedangerous terrorists were eliminated and several weapons were seized;
  • EAF engineer units uncovered and destroyed five improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which were planted to target Egyptian troops in Sinai;
  • The Egyptian Air Force carried out a series of airstrikes on terrorists’ hideouts, ammo depots and equipment. The airstrikes killed 16 terrorists. Two vehicles and an IED depot were also destroyed;
  • Border guards foiled a number of smuggling operations in Sinai. Loads of weapons, drugs and foreign currencies were seized.
Egyptian Army Says 19 Terrorists Were Eliminated In Sinai (Photos)

Click to see full-size image. By the Egyptian Ministry of Defense

Col. Tamer Rifai also acknowledged in the statement that two officers, a warrant officer and two soldiers were killed in the course of counter-terrorism operations in Sinai.

ISIS said in a statement released by its news agency Amaq that the EAF service members were killed in a IED attack that destroyed an armored vehicle in central Sinai.

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