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Egypt Army: 3 Militants Killed, 74 Arrested in Sinai

Egypt Army: 3 Militants Killed, 74 Arrested in Sinai

Thursday, 16 November, 2017 - 13:00
A member of the Egyptian army. AFP file photo

Egypt's armed forces said Thursday they have killed three "high-level" suspected militants and arrested 74 others in sweeps targeting militant groups in the northern Sinai Peninsula in recent days.

Military spokesman Col. Tamer el-Rifai said in a statement that five four-wheel-drive vehicles and four bomb-making workshops were destroyed in the raids, as well as ammunition and fuel stocks.

He did not name a specific militant group or release the names of those killed.

Security forces have been battling militants in northern Sinai for years in an insurgency that picked up after the 2013 military ouster of president Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt is also facing a growing number of attacks by militants in its Western Desert.

Hundreds of security forces and militants have been killed in Sinai over the years.

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