Fifteen terrorists were killed in a shootout with security forces in Northern Sinai, the Interior Ministry reported in a statement Sunday.
Security forces received a tip-off that some militants are planning to carry out hostile attacks, targeting the armed forces and police.
Security forces raided a farm in El-Obour neighborhood, east of Arish, where the terrorists were hiding.The forces seized three rifle cartridges, two explosives devices, nine automatic rifles, as well as an explosive belt.
Noteworthy, the operation comes as part of the Interior Ministry’s efforts to combat terrorist groups and hunt down the runaway terrorists who plan to destabilize the state’s security and stability.
Egypt’s security forces have been waging a war over the past four years against an Islamist terrorist insurgency, mostly in North Sinai, that has seen hundreds of security personnel killed, as well as hundreds of terrorists killed in security campaigns.
Terrorism has been plaguing Egypt since 2013 in response to mass protests against his government and his currently outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.
Terror attacks, killing hundreds of policemen and soldiers in the restive North Sinai province, have gradually spread to other provinces in recent years.
Most of these attacks were claimed by a Sinai-based group affiliated with the regional Islamic State militant group.