Egypt's armed forces foil attack, guns down 14 terrorists

Clay Curtis
April 15, 2018

Earlier in the day, the Egyptian armed forces announced 27 militants were killed and 114 others arrested in the latest raids in Sinai Peninsula as part of the country's anti-terror military operation "Sinai 2018".

In a released statement on the comprehensive security operation in Sinai, the army added that the forces managed to control the theaters of operation in north and central Sinai on all strategic fronts.

According to the spokesman, eight soldiers were killed and 15 others injured when some of the attackers detonated their explosive vests.

Egypt´s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi extended for three months from Saturday a state of emergency for the fourth time since it was first declared previous year, the official gazette said.

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The attacks, mainly targeting police and military, increased after ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule.

According to the resolution, the Egyptian armed forces and police shall take all necessary measures "to confront the threats and funding of terrorism and maintain security throughout the country". It was extended in July and again in October then January.

Egypt first imposed the current state of emergency in April 2017 after two church bombings killed at least 45 people.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a decree on Saturday to extend a curfew already in place in a new declaration. The military has launched security campaigns in the North Sinai area, in which some terrorists are based.

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