Egypt extends state of emergency

Yolanda Curtis
April 15, 2018

Eight Egyptian soldiers and 14 militants were killed in fighting in central Sinai on Saturday when gunmen carrying explosive belts and grenades targeted a military checkpoint, the army said.

The military operation is centered in the Sinai Peninsula but also includes parts of Egypt's Nile Delta and the Western Desert, along the largely open border with Libya.

The security forces have arrested suspects and demolished houses that belong to terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.

It did not disclose where and how the nine other militants were killed.

Saturday's attack came as Egyptian authorities extended a state of emergency for three months, which was first imposed in April of past year after a twin church bombing claimed by Daesh terrorist group that killed dozens.

The military did not say whether any of the security forces were killed in the last few days.

The statement stressed the Armed Forces are continuing to root out terrorism which is in turn making militants carry out desperate attempts at retaliation.

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

Egypt extended its nationwide state of emergency for three months as of April 14, according to the official gazette.

On Saturday, the military said its forces killed 27 suspected militants as part of the security operation that began on February 9.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a decree on Saturday to extend a curfew already in place in a new declaration.

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