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Soldier, 12 Terrorists Killed in Egypt’s North Sinai

Soldier, 12 Terrorists Killed in Egypt’s North Sinai

Photograph released by Egypt's Military from terror raids in April 2016.
Photograph released by Egypt’s Military from terror raids in April 2016.

A soldier was killed on Sunday and a police officer wounded after an improvised explosive device exploded in Egypt’s North Sinai.

The death of the soldier comes after the military killed 12 individuals it identified as terrorists over night.

According to initial reports, the military struck several militant safe houses and munitions depot.

The Egyptian Military’s latest raid is part of an operation aimed at clearing terrorists and extremists from Egypt’s North Sinai, which has been a flashpoint of violence since the ouster of former President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.

An estimated 2100 people were killed in North Sinai in 2015, including roughly 1800 described by the military as “terrorists,” 150 civilians, 40 police officers and conscripts, and 140 military personnel.

The year 2016 has seen a rise in both attacks and counter-terrorism operations with up to 300 militants killed since the start of the year.

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