Egypt army says eight soldiers, 14 militants killed in central Sinai

Howard TerryApr 15, 2018

Egypt´s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi extended for three months from Saturday a state of emergency for the fourth time since it was first declared a year ago, the official gazette said.

In the confrontation, the security forces foiled the attack by killing all the terrorists, Xinhua news agency reported citing the statement.

The emergency law expands police powers of arrest, surveillance and seizures and can limit freedom of movement.

Security forces have sought to quell attacks by an Egyptian jihadist group that later declared allegiance to the Islamic State group (Isis) since the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, following mass protests against him.

The state of emergency includes a curfew in parts of North Sinai from 7pm until 6am, except in El-Arish city and on the global road, where the curfew is in effect from1am to 5am.

The jihadists have also killed scores of Christians in church bombings and shootings.

The Egyptian military said in a statement that despite its losses, its soldiers managed to return fire and kill 14 of the terrorists during the attack.

Egypt also extended a curfew on parts of North Sinai that included areas of the border town of Rafah near Gaza from 7 p.m.to 6 a.m. and around EL-Arish from 1.am.to 5 a.m., the official gazette said.

Hundreds of police and army personnel were killed since then.

Sisi was re-elected for a second term with 97 percent of votes in a March 26-28 election, amid a sweeping military operation in Sinai against extremist militants based in the north of the Peninsula.

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