Egypt: 18 Muslim terrorists eliminated during counter-terrorism raid in North Sinai

The Egyptian army eliminated 18 ISIS terrorists in aerial and ground counter-terrorism operations in North Sinai.

The army said in a statement that its forces foiled a major attack on one of the security complexes in the town of Bir al-Abed.

Two army personnel were killed and four others wounded in the attack.

One of the Muslim terrorists was wearing an explosive belt.

The troops destroyed four vehicles including three car bombs while chasing the terrorists in a farm and some abandoned houses.

“Egyptian Armed Forces affirm their continued efforts to secure all strategic fronts of the state, uproot terrorism, and ensure security and safety of all Egyptians,” the army said in a statement.

Bir al-Abed, west of North Sinai’s capital al-Arish, has been the site of several terror attacks claimed by ISIS, including the deadliest massacre in modern Egyptian history, in which more than 300 worshippers were gunned down in a mosque in 2017.

Hundreds of Muslim terrorists have been eliminated by the Egyptian army, backed by police and other security forces since it launched a wide-scale operation in February 2018 aimed at eradicating terrorists, mostly members of ISIS or ISIS-linked terror groups in the Sinai peninsula. The operation is still ongoing.