Security forces exchanged fire with Islamic terrorists as they stormed insurgent hideouts, said Egypt’s Interior Ministry.
By Associated Press
Egypt says its police forces have killed 16 terrorists in raids in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.
An Interior Ministry statement Tuesday says security forces exchanged fire with Islamic terrorists as they stormed insurgent hideouts in the Mediterranean coastal city of el-Arish.
No casualties were reported among the police.
The ministry says the extremists had intended to carry out terror attacks in the city. It says police found weapons, three explosive devices, and an explosives belt.
Egypt has battled Islamic terrorists for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilled over to the mainland.
Egypt said Monday that security forces killed 12 suspected terrorists just hours after a roadside bomb struck a tourist bus near the Giza Pyramids outside Cairo, wounding 17.