Sudan helps to locate and return Egyptian patrol


Egypt’s military said Sudanese security forces helped locate and return an Egyptian patrol which went missing in the Egypt-Libya-Sudan border area.

Sudan’s embassy in Cairo said in a statement Sudanese security and intelligence branches on Monday rescued five Egyptian soldiers captured by a Libyan armed group.

The Egyptian army did not immediately respond to questions over whether the soldiers were captured or say how they disappeared.
“The Egyptian armed forces extend their thanks and appreciation to the Sudanese armed forces and the security services for helping return the missing patrol,” the Egyptian military statement said. It gave no further details.

The Sudanese statement did not say when the soldiers first went missing.

Egypt is fighting an Islamist insurgency in its Sinai Peninsula and also fought militants coming across its western border with Libya.

It carried out air strikes against militants inside Libya occasionally since its neighbour descended into factional fighting in the years following the 2011 civil war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

Cairo supports the Libyan National Army (LNA) of Commander Khalifa Haftar who dominates eastern Libya.