24 Daesh and six soldiers killed in attacks in Egypt’s Sinai

16 Oct 2017

Some 24 Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) fighters and 6 Egyptian soldiers were killed on Sunday October 15th in attacks on military outposts in the North Sinai Peninsula, according to security and hospital officials.

Dozens of fighters used heavy machine guns and mortars to carry out a series of near-simultaneous attacks at and around the town of Sheikh Zweid.

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks.

On Friday, the militant group claimed an attack on security forces in the peninsula that killed at least six soldiers.

Egypt is fighting an insurgency by militants affiliated with Daesh in the Sinai Peninsula, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed since 2013, when the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi after mass protests.

The militants have also extended their campaign to other parts of Egypt, most recently attacking churches in Cairo and other cities with the loss of dozens of lives.


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