Egypt’s military announced Sunday that it has killed 89 suspected terrorists in operations in North Sinai, a region where an affiliate of Daesh [Arabic Acronym for the terrorist ‘ISIS’/’ISIL’] has been active for nearly a decade.
“Amid ongoing efforts in pursuing and defeating terrorist elements… during the previous period, the armed forces… carried out operations that killed 89 dangerous takfiris… in northern Sinai,” the army spokesperson said.
His statement did not specify a timeframe for the operations, but said the army had suffered eight casualties.
The army also said it destroyed 404 improvised explosive devices [IEDs], four explosive belts and 13 tunnels used by militants to infiltrate Egyptian territory.
Gruesome pictures of some of the slain suspected militants were published with the statement, along with a trove of confiscated weapons.
Egyptian forces have for years fought an insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula, led mainly by the local branch of the Daesh group.