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Egypt: 2 Extremists Killed in North Sinai Raid

Egypt: 2 Extremists Killed in North Sinai Raid

Saturday, 2 May, 2020 - 04:45
Mourners carry the coffin of Alaa Emad during the funeral of Alaa Emad in the Ebwan village, al-Minya Governorate, Egypt, 01 May 2020. EPA/MOHAMED HAKIM

The Egyptian army killed two extremists Friday during a raid in North Sinai, military spokesman Tamer al-Rifai said.

The suspects died in an exchange of fire in a farming area of the region, and arms, ammunition and walkie-talkies were seized, said Rifai.

Egypt's army said Thursday that 10 soldiers, including an officer, were killed or wounded in an explosion that day targeting an armored vehicle near Bir al-Abed in North Sinai.

Security experts told Asharq Al-Awsat that planting bombs is a sign of weakness.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, according to a statement posted by its propaganda unit, Amaq News Agency.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi extended his condolences to the victims on Twitter.

He also praised the fallen soldiers as “heroes” and “martyrs.”

The army and the people “will remain steadfast against the forces of evil,” Sisi said.

North Sinai has been at the center of a long-running insurgency spearheaded by a local affiliate of the ISIS.

In February 2018, Egypt's security forces launched a nationwide operation against militants, focused on North Sinai.

Egyptians laid to rest the victims of Thursday’s attack.

They chanted slogans against terrorism and extremist groups.

The Egyptian government said in a statement that the people appreciate the role of the armed forces in protecting the nation and defending them.

The parliament also said that “desperate” terrorist attacks will not be able to strike at the determination of the armed forces.

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