12 dead in Sinai police shooting: Egypt

CAIRO: Egyptian police forces have killed a dozen suspected militants in a shootout in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.
“National security agents first spotted the 12 terrorists in Sinai’s [northeastern] city of Al-Arish,” flagship state daily Al-Ahram reported.
“Security forces then engaged them in a firefight and killed them,” the newspaper added, citing a ministry statement.
The reports have yet to be independently verified.
The Sinai Peninsula has remained the epicenter of a militant insurgency since mid-2013 when Mohamed Morsi — Egypt’s first freely-elected president — was ousted in a bloody military coup.
Since February, Egyptian security forces have been waging extensive operations against what they describe as “terrorist groups” based in Sinai and Egypt’s Western Desert.–AA

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