27 Militants Killed in Sinai, Egypt Border with Libya

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Egypt said its security forces have killed at least 27 suspected militants in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula and along its porous border with Libya.

27 Militants Killed in Sinai, Egypt Border with Libya

The military said Wednesday that forces had destroyed 342 hideouts and weapons depots, dismantled 344 explosive devices and detained more than 400 suspects and about 3,000 illegal migrants, without giving a timeframe, AP reported.

It said airstrikes destroyed 61 vehicles containing weapons and ammunition in the western Desert.

One soldier was killed in a shootout with militants, it added.

It was not possible to independently confirm the details, as access to northern Sinai is heavily restricted.

Egypt launched a nationwide operation against militants in February. It has struggled to defeat a long-running insurgency in the Sinai that is now affiliated with Daesh (ISIS or ISIL).

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