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Egypt forces kill 241 militants in 5 days: Military

Iran Press TV

Mon Jul 6, 2015 2:16PM

Egypt's military says it killed 241 militants in the violence-plagued Sinai Peninsula in the first five days of July.

The figure was released on Monday by the spokesman for the Egyptian army on his Facebook page.

The fatalities included militants with the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group.

A statement, released by Egypt's General Command of the Armed Forces on July 1, said over 100 ISIL Takfiri terrorists had been killed by the Egyptian military's counterattacks in the Peninsula.

The militants were shot dead during clashes, which broke out after they attacked army posts in Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah cities.

The terrorists attacked multiple bases of the armed forces on that day, but the Egyptian military was able to "thwart all attempts by the terrorists to achieve their goals,' it noted.

The military has poured troops and armor into the peninsula where security forces have been fighting a militancy since then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Egypt's first democratically-elected President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.

The current militancy there is thought to be the upshot of the security vacuum that was created by Morsi's ouster. The authorities launched a bloody repression after Morsi's ouster, which has seen at least 1,400 people killed and thousands more jailed.

Most of the attacks on the security forces are claimed by a group calling itself Valayat Sinai (Sinai Province).

The Takfiri group was formerly named Ansar Beit al-Maqdis. It, however, changed its name after pledging allegiance last November to the ISIL, which has occupied huge swathes of land in Syria and Iraq.

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