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Egypt: army claims to have killed 89 jihadists in Sinai

Eighty-nine jihadists from the terrorist group Daesh were killed in army operations in the Sinai Peninsula in eastern Egypt, a military spokesman said on Sunday, without specifying when these extremists had been shot.

Eight Egyptian soldiers were also “killed or wounded,” added the army spokesman in a statement.

“As part of the efforts to pursue and defeat the terrorist elements (…) during the recent period, the army succeeded (…) in killing 89 dangerous jihadists (…) in the north of the Sinai,” he said.

The text did not detail the exact dates of the operations that led to the elimination of the jihadists.

The army also said it had destroyed 404 improvised explosive devices (IEDs), four explosive belts and 13 tunnels used by the jihadists to infiltrate Egyptian territory from Gaza, a neighboring Palestinian territory.

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For years, Egyptian forces have worked to end the presence of extremist groups in the northern Sinai Peninsula, mainly from the local branch of Daesh. The attacks increased after the removal in 2013 by the army of the Egyptian Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi.

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