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Egypt says its forces kill 8 suspected militants in Sinai

AP  |  Cairo 

says security forces have killed eight suspected militants in a shootout in the northern Peninsula.

The said today the firefight broke out when the forces raided a suspected hideout in el-Arish city. It said the militants were planning attacks targeting security forces, and were in possession of explosives, rifles and ammunition.

has been battling militants in the northern part of Peninsula for years, but the insurgency became far more deadly after the 2013 military ouster of Mohammed Morsi, an elected but

An Islamic State affiliate based in the has carried out a number of high-profile attacks in recent years, mainly targeting security forces and Egypt's Christian minority.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 18:25 IST