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Egypt Extends State of Emergency as Soldiers, Militants Killed in Sinai

Egypt Extends State of Emergency as Soldiers, Militants Killed in Sinai

The Armed Forces foiled a major terrorist attack, which occurred at the early hours of Saturday in central Sinai, Military Spokesperson Tamer el-Refae announced.

The militants blew themselves up outside the camp after they were prevented by security forces from entering, an army statement said.

It did not disclose where and how the nine other militants were killed.

The security forces have arrested suspects and demolished houses that belong to terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.

The attack was the largest against Egyptian security forces since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won a second term in office last month, promising to work for stability and security in Egypt.




Saturday's attack came as Egyptian authorities extended a state of emergency for three months, which was first imposed in April of previous year after a twin church bombing claimed by Daesh terrorist group that killed dozens.

A group of 14 terrorist elements, four of which were carrying automatic and medium-caliber rifles attempted to break into an armed forces camp.

The state of emergency was first implemented in April 2017 after suicide bombers attacked two churches in Alexandria and Tanta, killing 47 people and injuring dozens. According the Egyptian constitution, a state of emergency can not exceed six months from its date of declaration and decrees imposing or extending it should be approved by the parliament.

More than 100 jihadists and at least 22 soldiers have been killed in the wider-ranging operation launched on February 9, according to army figures.


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