Cairo: Egyptian government forces have carried out separate operations in the country’s violence-plagued Sinai Peninsula, killing more than two dozen Takfiri militants over the past 24 hours. According to Press TV, the army, in a statement said 29 militants were killed when the forces launched offensives against militants in the Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, the city of el-Arish and the border town of Rafah.
In another development earlier on Monday, an Egyptian officer and a conscript lost their lives when a roadside bomb explosion ripped through their military vehicle in the Taweel al-Amir area south of Rafah. Five others also sustained injuries in the act of terror.
Last month, a senior commander of Velayat Sinai militant group was killed during an encounter with Egyptian army troops in the town of Sheikh Zuweid. The shootout erupted after the militant commander, identified as Selim Suleiman al-Haram, refused to turn himself in to the soldiers that had surrounded his house.