Sinai deaths top 80


Egyptian security forces killed 83 suspected Islamist militants in operations in central and North Sinai over the past month, the military said.

It did not name the militants or affiliations. The military said forces detained 61 criminal suspects and found and detonated 376 explosive devices during the period, dating from September 28.

An officer and two soldiers died or were wounded, it said.

The armed forces say hundreds of militants died since it launched a campaign in February 2018 aimed at defeating Islamic State or related jihadist groups in the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Israel and Gaza. It announces deaths sporadically.

Egypt’s Islamic State affiliate, Sinai Province, swore allegiance to the new leader named by the group following the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the affiliate said on Telegram.