Egyptian police forces has killed eighteen Islamic State affliate after the police allegedly stormed their hideout in Sinai a small town of Bir al-Abed on Sunday.
The Interior Ministry confirms the incident, saying the eighteen terrorist sect were killed in a fierce long gun battle with the security forces after their hideout was raid in Bir al-Abed.
So far no casualties was recorded among the police forces according to The ministry.
The ministry said police recovered weapons, three explosive devices and two explosives belts.
The full details of the raid could not be revealed because of how classified it is, and so far Egyptian authorities has heavily restrict access to that part of Sinai.
This Islamic State affiliate based in the Sinai has been responsible for series of high-profile attacks in recent years, mainly targeting security forces and Egypt’s Christian minority.
The Islamic State affiliate has also killed hundreds of security personnel in attacks since the military overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.
In February 2018, three months after gunmen killed more than 300 worshippers at a Sinai mosque, the military launched a major campaign “to clear Egypt’s territory of terrorist elements”.
Since then, the authorities have announced the deaths of more than 1050 militants and hundreds of soldiers, according to an unofficial tally by AFP news agency.
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