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Egypt reports successes in Sinai operation against militants

AP  |  Cairo 

Egypt's says it has destroyed dozens of targets, killed 16 militants and detained over 30 suspects as part of its latest security operation in the restive northern Peninsula, where Islamic militants are most active.

Col. said on Sunday that vehicles, weapons caches, and illegal opium fields were targeted in the sweep.

The operation, which targets "terrorist and criminal elements and organisations," started on Friday and involves army and police forces. It covers north and central Sinai, the Nile Delta and the Western Desert along the porous border with

Militant attacks increased dramatically in since the military's 2013 ouster of elected but divisive Islamist President Violence has been concentrated in north Sinai, but has also spread to the mainland.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 14:45 IST