Egypt kills 19, arrests 20 in Sinai
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s military and police forces killed 19 terrorists in an exchange of gunfire and arrested 20 suspects in a continuing crackdown in Sinai, the military said on Thursday.
Security forces launched a large-scale security operation in February to crush Islamists who have waged an insurgency that has killed hundreds of security personnel and civilians over many years.
The statement said the terrorists were killed over the past few days.
Their deaths bring the total of those killed since the beginning of the operation to at least 296, including 35 military personnel, according to Reuters calculations based on military statements.
Islamists in Sinai intensified their attacks after the ousting by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the military in 2013 of president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood
Defeating Islamists and restoring security after years of unrest that followed Egypt’s 2011 popular uprising has been a promise of Sisi, who was reelected in March in a landslide victory against no real opposition.