Egypt's army kills 60 militants N. Sinai

CAIRO, March 25 (KUNA) — Egyptian army has killed 60 militants and injured 40 others in a major anti-terror operation against militants in the volatile Northern Sinai Governorate, the army spokesman announced Friday.
In a press statement, Egyptian Army Spokesman Brigadier Mohammad Samir said that the army, backed by airforce, has also destroyed a number of militant hideouts in North Sinai’s Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid cities.
He added the assault was carried out upon information about the militant hideout locations.
The offensive was “retribution for the blood of the martyrs of the army, police and innocent citizens.” Last Saturday, a terrorist attack on a checkpoint in North Sinai’s Arish city resulted in the death of at least 15 police personnel.
The North Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdes, which is affiliated with the so-called Islamic State group, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Egyptian forces are grappling with an Islamist insurgency based in North Sinai governorate which spiked following the 2013 ouster of president Mohammad Morsi.
The insurgency has killed hundreds of Egyptian security forces, while the armed forces have said their operations have killed hundreds of militants in the area. (end) esm.ibi