Suspected militants killed in western Sinai


Egypt killed 20 suspected militants in an air strike in its western desert and shootouts in the Sinai Peninsula, the military said as part of ongoing operations.

Government launched military operations in February against Islamic State militants who waged years of attacks on security forces and civilians, killing hundreds.

The airstrike in the western desert in an area being used as a “sanctuary and launching point for carrying out hostile actions” killed seven “highly dangerous” militants, the statement said.

Another 13 militants were killed in shootouts with security forces in North Sinai and an area of central Sinai while 18 others were arrested, it added.

The statement did not say when the militants were killed. Neither did it name those killed or link them to any specific group and it did not mention casualties or wounded among security forces.