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Egypt kills 16 militants

IANS  |  Cairo 

Egypt's armed forces on Sunday announced that 16 alleged militants had been killed as part of a new security offensive in the northern and central Peninsula.

Col said an additional 34 suspects were arrested during the offensive, dubbed "Operation 2018," which started on Friday in the restive peninsula and other parts of the country, according to a statement posted on his official page.

The asserted that security forces were conducting "sweeping operations and large-scale raids on all cities and villages in the north and central Sinai", news agency reported.

He added that an alleged field lab for manufacturing improvised had been discovered and destroyed.

On Friday, the military and police began a major new security operation nationwide, focusing in particular on Sinai, 15 days before the campaign is to begin with voting to be held in late March.

On November 29, gave the military a three-month deadline to clear the Peninsula of militants, days after terrorists staged a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in that killed over 300 worshippers.

The military and police have been fighting in Sinai against terror organisations, including a subsidiary of the Islamic State, since 2014.

Authorities have imposed a on the counter-insurgency campaign.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 19:06 IST
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