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Egypt's interior ministry said Sunday 18 suspected militants were killed in North Sinai in a firefight with security forces, two days after a deadly blast claimed by the Islamic State group.
"National security received intelligence about terrorist elements hiding out in a home in Bir Al Abed, where they were planning to launch hostile operations," the ministry said in a statement.
"Their hideout was targeted and a firefight ensued which led to the death of 18 (militants)."
Security forces found 13 automatic weapons, two explosive belts and three other explosive devices in their possession, the ministry said.
Egypt's army said Thursday that 10 soldiers, including an officer, had been killed or wounded in an explosion targeting an armoured vehicle near Bir al-Abed in North Sinai.
Militant group IS claimed responsibility for the attack, in a statement posted on its propaganda channels.
On Friday, the Egyptian army killed two suspected militants in North Sinai province, army spokesman Tamer al-Rifai said.
Security forces have been battlng a long-running Islamist insurgency in the area, spearheaded by a local IS affiliate.
The fighting intensified after the military's 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
In February 2018, security forces launched a nationwide operation against militants, focused on North Sinai.
More than 800 suspected militants have been killed in the region along with dozens of security personnel, according to official figures.Agence France-Presse
Army spokesman Tamer Al Rifai said the suspects died in an exchange of fire in a farming area of the region in eastern Egypt, and that arms, ammunition and walkie-talkies were seized.
Col. Tamer El Rifai said in his statement late on Saturday that the raids and airstrikes took place last week in the towns of Bir Al-Abed, Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid. He said forces dismantled at least five explosive devices and destroyed two four-wheel drive vehicles and a storehouse.
The mishap took place on the international road "El-Tor - Al Shahid Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel in South Sinai; it happened because of poor visibility caused by dense fog.
Citing the confessional statement, the investigators said he had taken his children on a motorbike to Lulliyani Canal in District Kasur. He asked his children to pose for a selfie, but suddenly, he pushed them into the canal.
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