CAIRO, Egypt, The Egyptian security forces killed nine militants, in restive central Sinai and destroyed a number of ammunition storehouses belonging to them.

“The forces managed to destroy a vehicle loaded with large amounts of explosives and kill six armed extremists, at a mountainous area in central Sinai,” military spokesman, Tamer al-Refaay, said.

The spokesman added that, the raid came after the forces discovered their terrorist cell and their plot to carry out an anti-government operation.

Earlier on Sunday, also in central Sinai, the forces killed three militants and arrested another, in addition to destroying a vehicle and five depots containing ammunition and explosives.

At the western border with eastern Libya, the Egyptian air force destroyed 15 vehicles loaded with weapons, ammunition and explosives, before infiltrating into Egypt.

Egyptian President, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, said, his forces similarly destroyed 300 vehicles coming from Libya over the previous three months, noting that about 1,000 of such cars crossed the border into Egypt.

In a phone call on Sunday, President Sisi and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, discussed several regional issues, including joint efforts to reach a settlement in conflict-torn Libya.

For both Egypt and France, Libya is a terror exporter, due to current chaotic conditions in the strife-stricken country that provides a suitable den for militants of various terrorist groups including the regional Daesh.

Last week, on July 7, a car-bomb terrorist attack on a checkpoint in North Sinai’s Rafah city killed and wounded 26 soldiers, while the security forces killed at least 40 of the terrorists. Later, on Friday, gunmen shot dead five security men at a checkpoint in Giza.