Egypt: 27 militants killed in Sinai, border with Libya

US-made Egyptian army Apache attack helicopters flying from an airfield. (AFP)
Updated 12 December 2018
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Egypt: 27 militants killed in Sinai, border with Libya

  • One soldier was killed in a shootout with militants
  • Airstrikes destroyed 61 vehicles containing weapons and ammunition in the Western Desert

CAIRO: Egypt says its security forces have killed at least 27 suspected militants in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula and along its porous border with Libya.
The military said Wednesday that forces destroyed 342 hideouts and weapons depots, dismantled 344 explosive devices and detained more than 400 suspects and around 3,000 illegal migrants, without giving a timeframe.
It says airstrikes destroyed 61 vehicles containing weapons and ammunition in the Western Desert.
It says one soldier was killed in a shootout with militants.
It wasn’t possible to independently confirm the details as access to the northern Sinai is heavily restricted .
Egypt launched a nationwide operation against militants in February. It has struggled to defeat a long-running insurgency in the Sinai that is now affiliated with the Daesh group.


Iran denies allegations of spying on German army

Updated 7 min 59 sec ago
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Iran denies allegations of spying on German army

  • Germany’s federal prosecutor’s office said last week that a 50-year-old German-Afghan dual citizen was detained
  • The suspect spied on the army for years and had access to highly classified material, including on German missions in Afghanistan

TEHRAN: Iran has dismissed allegations by German prosecutors that an army employee was spying for Tehran.
The semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as saying that “enemies” were aiming to “sour relations” between Iran and Europe.
He appeared to be referring to the United States and Israel, which have pressed European nations to withdraw from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
Germany’s federal prosecutor’s office said last week that a 50-year-old German-Afghan dual citizen was detained in the western Rhineland region. The German Defense Ministry confirmed the allegations but declined to give any further details.
German news site Spiegel Online reported that the suspect spied on the army for years and had access to highly classified material, including on German missions in Afghanistan.