Egypt’s military claims 11 troops have been killed in clashes adhering to a foiled militant assault east of the Suez Canal in Sinai.
Militants attacked a water pumping plant east of the important waterway, triggering clashes ensuing in the killing of one officer and 10 soldiers, army spokesman Colonel Ghareeb Abdul Hafez claimed on the army’s Fb site on Saturday.
Five other individuals have been injured, the formal said with out further more facts.
“Hunt is underneath way for the terrorist features,” he added, saying that pursuit of the attackers are having place in Sinai, Egypt’s largely desert peninsula.
Egypt has witnessed a surge in extremist attacks, primarily in Sinai, considering the fact that 2013, when the military deposed Mohammed Morsi, the country’s initially democratically elected but divisive Islamist president.
Hundreds of Egyptian stability personnel have considering the fact that been killed in attacks, largely claimed by an affiliate of the terrorist militia Islamic Condition.
The attacks have a short while ago abated in the North African nation.
In Oct previous calendar year, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi finished a state of unexpected emergency that was imposed pursuing 2017 suicide bombings targeting two church buildings.