Fifteen Egyptian troops killed or wounded in North Sinai

The Egyptian army has been battling militants in North Sinai for years. (File/ AFP)
Updated 17 February 2019
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Fifteen Egyptian troops killed or wounded in North Sinai

CAIRO: Fifteen Egyptian military personnel were killed or wounded in a clash on Saturday in North Sinai in which seven militants were also killed, the Egyptian military said.
The breakdown of military casualties was not immediately clear. However, two security sources told Reuters that some of the injuries were serious.
Daesh later claimed responsibility for the attack on its news agency AMAQ. It said it killed at least 15 Egyptian troops, revising an earlier figure of 20 killed south of the provincial capital of Arish after clashes with "various kinds of weapons."
The group did not provide evidence for its claim.
Security forces launched a campaign a year ago against militants focused on Egypt's Sinai peninsula, and say they have killed several hundred militants since then.
"Combing operations and the pursuit and elimination of the terrorist elements in the area where the incident took place is ongoing," the military spokesman said in a statement.
The security sources said operations were taking place under aerial cover.
Since 2013, militants have repeatedly targeted security checkpoints and Egypt's Christian minority.


Algeria army chief calls for Bouteflika to be declared unfit to rule

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Algeria army chief calls for Bouteflika to be declared unfit to rule

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General Ahmed Gaid Salah said in a televised speech the "way out of crisis ... is in Article 102" of the constitution, under which the president could be declared unable to perform his duties due to serious illness.

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