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Egypt’s military kills 12 Islamists in airstrike



The Egyptian military on Tuesday said it had killed 12 Islamist militants in an airstrike in North Sinai, also managing to destroy several four-wheel drive vehicles belonging to the militants.

The North African country has been dogged by an Islamist insurgency in the rugged, thinly populated Sinai Peninsula since the military overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s oldest Islamist movement, in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.

The air strikes “resulted in the killing of 12 highly dangerous … leaders of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis,” the military said in a statement. It did not however say when the aerial bombing took place.

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Egypt’s most active militant group, swore allegiance to Islamic State in 2014 and adopted the name Sinai Province. It is blamed for the killing of hundreds of soldiers and policemen in attacks since then. The group has turned its guns on Egyptian Christians in recent months, killing more than 100 in bombings at Coptic churches.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi carried out air strikes on militants in Libya in response to a deadly attack on Coptic Christians earlier this month that left at left 29 killed.

Egypt’s military say it has killed thousands of militants in operations in Sinai. Residents of the Sinai say the high death rates include civilians.

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