DAESH SAYS SENIOR MILITANT IN EGYPT’S SINAI KILLED

CAIRO, Egypt- Egypt said that, police have killed 15 suspected militants, in a shootout in the northern Sinai Peninsula, where they are battling a Daesh-led insurgency.

The Interior Ministry says, the militants were killed during a raid on their hideout, in the city of el-Arish, where they were planning attacks on security forces in the coming days. It says, security forces dismantled two explosive devices and seized weapons.

The statement did not say when the raid took place or whether any security forces were killed or wounded. It wasn’t possible to independently confirm the report, as access to the northern Sinai is heavily restricted.

Earlier this week, the Daesh group said, one of its leaders in Sinai had been killed. The group’s Aamaq news agency, announced the death of Abu Hamza al-Maqdisi, late Monday, calling him a “martyr,” without saying where or how he died.

A photo of a young, smiling, bearded man, accompanied the report. The Daesh says he was killed recently, without specifying the day.

Egypt has been battling militants for years, but the Sinai-based insurgency gained strength after the 2013 military overthrow of the country’s first elected president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, whose brief rule was divisive. In Feb, Egypt launched a nationwide operation against the militants.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK