Egyptian security forces pressing a campaign against extremist militants have killed 52 suspected terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula in operations in which three soldiers also died, the army said Monday.
The military launched a sweeping operation in February focused on the Sinai in eastern Egypt aimed at wiping out terrorists, including from the ISIL terrorist group, who have been waging a bloody insurgency.
On Monday, the military said that 53 “takfiris” or Sunni Muslim extremists were killed in two separate operations by security forces in the restive peninsula.
Three members of the armed forces were also killed in these operations, it said in a statement, without stating when they took place.
The military has regularly reported operations in the Sinai since it launched the campaign.
According to official figures, a total of more than 350 suspected terrorists and at least 30 soldiers have been killed in the “Sinai 2018” campaign.
Security sources said last week that local ISIL leader Abu Hamza al-Maqdisi had been killed in an air raid on the Sinai. The terrorist group confirmed his death.