Africa 5.8.2016 02:48 pm

Militant leader, followers killed in Sinai

Photo: Supplied

Photo: Supplied

The strike also destroyed warehouses and weapons in the possession of ABM militants.

The Egyptian military had killed a leading militant figure along with 45 others over the last 36 hours in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt’s armed forces spokesperson Mohamed Samir said.

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis (ABM) leader Abo Daa’s Al-Ansary was killed after the Egyptian air force launched air strikes on ABM locations south and south-west of the town of Al Arish on the Sinai Peninsula, reported Egypt’s Daily News.

Samir said the airstrike was based on intelligence data, reported the News. The strike also destroyed warehouses and weapons in the possession of ABM militants.

“This successful operation affirms the pledges of the Armed Forces to retaliate for the martyrs and fight all terrorist elements,” said Samir.

Clashes between state security forces and Islamic State-affiliated Sinai Province militants, formerly known as ABM, have intensified recently as security forces continue Operation Martyr’s Right, reported the News.

Additionally, the military stated that it had carried out several operations amid its war on terrorism in North Sinai, which resulted in the arrest of dozens of suspects and the destruction of explosive devices.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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