Army kills 40 IS militants in North Sinai 'Martyr Right' military campaign

Jul 27, 2017, 14:42
Army kills 40 IS militants in North Sinai 'Martyr Right' military campaign

The army also destroyed 20 vehicles belonging to terrorist elements, four motorcycles and four car-bombs that were meant to target security forces.

However, the bomb exploded after the tank had driven away and the civilians nearby were caught in the blast, according to images seen in a video released by the army.

Five others were arrested as Egyptian forces imposed a "tight siege" on the North Sinai provincial capital el-Arish and the cities of Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah, according to a military statement.

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The CCTV footage shows a auto suspiciously approaching a queue of vehicles at speed before it's blocked by an armored tank.

The attacks mainly targeting police and military, increased after the ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule.

He added: 'The armed forces reiterates that such terrorist acts only strengthen our determination to continue to eradicate this terrorism in our beloved Sinai from the roots.

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"The armed forces will continue to sacrifice all that is precious, our sons" lives, in order to preserve and protect this nation and its great people'.

Despite the shielding attempts of the security forces, at least seven people are reported to have died in the incident.

Since, the Egyptian military started its battle against insurgents backed by ISIS, who have carried out series of suicide bombings and attacks in the country 40 terrorists, have been reportedly killed.

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