Egypt army says killed 10 terrorists, arrested 400 as Operation Sinai 2018
Egypt's armed forces released the casualty figures in its sixth communiqué
since the large-scale anti-terrorist operation was launched on Friday
Ahram Online , Tuesday 13 Feb 2018
Egyptian security forces killed 10 militants in an exchange of fire and
arrested 400 suspects, including foreigners, as part of an ongoing
anti-terrorism campaign focused on Sinai that was launched last week, the
army said in a statement on Tuesday.
This was the sixth communiqué released by the Egyptian Armed Forces since
Operation Sinai 2018 was launched on Friday morning.
The announcement brings to 39 the number of militants the army said were
killed over the past five days of its massive operation.
Egypt launched Operation Sinai 2018 on Friday, involving land, naval and air
forces, as well as the police and border guards, targeting "terrorist and
criminal elements and organizations" in northern and central Sinai, as well
as parts of the Nile Delta and the Western Desert.
Police and army units have "eliminated an extremely dangerous terrorist cell
consisting of 10 takfiris hiding in a house in the city of Arish after an
exchange of fire with the raiding forces, and seized quantities of weapons,
ammunition and explosive devices that were in their possession," the
Four hundred criminals and suspects, including foreigners, have been
arrested, it added.
The communiqué said security forces destroyed vehicles, motorbikes and
dozens of hideouts and arms depots used by the terrorists. Dozens of
explosive devices planted in several areas targeted by the militants as well
as an underground depot containing 10 anti-tank mines have also been
destroyed, it added.
Border guards and military engineers uncovered and destroyed two tunnel
openings believed to be used by terrorists and 15 holes connected to
trenches along the border area of the North Sinai governorate.
Forces involved in the operation also uncovered and destroyed nine farms
used to grow illegal narcotics and seized tons of drugs, the communiqué
Meanwhile, naval units launched four land-to-sea and surface-to-sea missiles
as they carried out a series of military exercises in the Mediterranean,
while air forces and border guards continue to secure the country's western
and southern borders.
Joint army and police forces have set up around 500 checkpoints and security
patrols on main roads and desert areas nationwide as part of Operation Sinai
Over the past four years, Egypt has been battling a terror campaign, led by
Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, based in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula that
has carried out deadly attacks against security forces and civilians. The
army said it has killed hundreds of suspected terrorists in military