Egypt kills 60 terrorists in North Sinai clashes

Friday 25/03/2016
Determined to uproot terrorism

CAIRO - Egypt's army killed 60 gunmen Friday in clashes in the Sinai Peninsula where it is battling a jihadist insurgency, an army spokesman said.

Army "counterterrorism units backed by the air force" Friday "killed 60 terrorists, wounded another 40 and destroyed 27 four-wheel pick-up trucks south of Rafah and Sheikh Zayed" in North Sinai, the spokesman said on his official Facebook page.

This toll could not be independently verified.

Since Egypt's military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, jihadists attacks on the army and police have persisted despite an army campaign against them.

The local affiliate of the jihadist Islamic State group claimed last week on a police checkpoint near North Sinai's provincial capital of El-Arish that killed 15 policemen.

ISIS also claimed responsibility for bombing a Russian airliner in October that killed all 224 people on board, minutes after it took off from a South Sinai beach resort.