5 al-Qaeda-linked Insurgents Killed in Northeast of Cairo

KABUL: (Middle East Press) At least 5 insurgents belonging to an al-Qaeda-affiliated group have been killed by Egyptian forces in an area northeast of the capital, Cairo.

The Egyptian Interior Ministry said in a statement issued on Sunday, “Terrorists from the Ansar Beit al-Maqdis terrosit group opened fire on the country’s security forces after the troops raided a farm located in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya”.

The statement further noted that the insurgents were hiding and preparing bombs on the farm.

The statement added “An exchange of gunfire then occurred, causing the deaths of five members of the terrorist cell while a police officer was injured.”

The Egyptian police seized a large amount of weapons and ammunition and detonated a car bomb detected on the farm.

Egypt’s army spokesman Brigadier General Mohamed Samir also mentioned on Sunday that Egyptian government forces have killed 14 insurgents and arrested 45 others during separate operations in the volatile Sinai Peninsula of the North African country over the past three days.

A state of emergency has been declared in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula since a militant attack on an Egyptian army checkpoint killed more than 30 soldiers on October 24.

The Egyptian military considers the Sinai Peninsula as a safe haven for gunmen, who use the region as a base for their acts of terror.

Ansar Bait al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for most of the terrorist attacks in the region.

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