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Egypt kills over 250 militants in 10 days: Military

Iran Press TV

Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:8PM

Egyptian forces have killed over 250 Takfiri militants over the past 10 days in the country's violence-plagued Sinai Peninsula, according to the country's military sources.

Egypt's army spokesman Mohamed Samir made the remarks on his Facebook page on Sunday, saying that at least 252 terrorist were killed during the period.

He further noted that at least 63 terrorism suspects have been arrested, adding that Egyptian forces have nabbed 10 wanted people as well.

The military official noted that Egyptian forces have destroyed as many as 18 bases and over 50 vehicles belonging to the terrorists.

The spokesman added that the Egyptian forces have also confiscated large amounts of explosives belonging to the militants.

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

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

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