January 22, 2019
File Photo: Egyptian troops in Sinai (Photo: Reuters)
By AHMED ELEIBA, Ahram Online
Egyptian troops and security forces have killed 59 terrorists in recent operations, the army said in a statement on Tuesday.
In various raids in Sinai and the Suez Canal cities, army forces killed 44 terrorists who were found in possession of rifles and explosive devices, the statement said. Police forces killed another 15 “extremely dangerous takfiris” in a separate “pre-emptive” operation, it added, without saying where the operation took place.
The statement said the terrorists were killed over the “past period,” without giving a specific timeframe. One officer and six soldiers were killed during clashes with terrorists, it added.
The statement added that 142 suspects have been arrested.
Air forces destroyed 56 vehicles used by the terrorists in the Western Desert, northeastern and southern border areas.
Security forces discovered and destroyed 242 bombs planted to target forces, as well as a number of hideouts where weapons and ammunition were found in central and northern Sinai.
The statement added that border guards have arrested 2,189 people of different nationalities trying to cross the Egyptian borders and seized large amounts of illegal narcotics.