Egyptian police forces killed 18 extremist militants in a raid on the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, the Interior Ministry said Sunday.
The ministry said security forces exchanged fire with militants as they stormed a hideout in the small Sinai town of Bir al-Abed.
No casualties were reported among the police. The ministry, which did not say when the raid took place, said police found weapons, three explosive devices and two explosives belts.
On Thursday, an explosion hit a military armored convoy causing at least 10 casualties among Egyptian soldiers who were participating in a campaign against an extremist insurgency in the volatile region.
The military spokesman, Tamer el-Refai, did not specify the number of soldiers killed by the improvised explosive device.
An affiliate of the ISIS group based in northern Sinai claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack, which took place during the holy month of Ramadan, after sundown when the faithful break their daily fast.
El-Refai said Friday that the military killed two militants who were hiding in a farm in northern Sinai.
Egypt has been battling militants in the northern part of Sinai Peninsula for years, but the insurgency became far more deadly after the 2013 ouster of president Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, amid nationwide protests against his brief rule.
An ISIS affiliate based in the Sinai has carried out high-profile attacks in recent years, mainly targeting security forces and Egypt’s Christian minority.