Egypt security forces kill 11 insurgents in Sinai

Published: July 11, 2018 16:06:58 | Updated: July 15, 2018 13:47:00

Egyptian security forces stand guard during the sixth anniversary of the 2011 uprising at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 25, 2017- Reuters photo used for representation

Egypt’s official news agency says security forces killed at least 11 suspected militants in a shootout in the northern Sinai Peninsula.

MENA quoted an unnamed security official Wednesday as saying that the fighting erupted when forces raided a hideout in the city of al-Arish. It says security forces dismantled two explosive devices and seized weapons.

It did not say when the raid took place or whether any security forces were killed or wounded. Egypt heavily restricts media access to the northern Sinai.

An AP report says Egypt has been battling militants for years, but the Sinai-based insurgency gained strength after the 2013 overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president.

In February, Egypt launched a massive operation against militants in Sinai and other parts of the country.

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