Axar.az
UP
20 October 2017


Air strikes kill Islamic State leaders in Sinai - Claim

Home page World
12 Punto 14 Punto 16 Punto 18 Punto

Air strikes in northern Sinai have killed 19 members of Egypt's Islamic State affiliate, including three of its leaders, the Egyptian military said on Thursday.

Islamic State this week claimed an attack on security forces near St. Catherine's Monastery in the south Sinai, the latest incident in a spate of Islamist violence targeting Egypt's Christian minority in recent months.

Egypt is tightening security ahead of a visit by Pope Francis next week as a result of suicide bombings this month on two Christian churches, also claimed by Islamic State, that marked one of the bloodiest days for the country's Christians in decades.

In a statement on its official Facebook page, the military said the air strikes were directed at militants in Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which pledged allegiance to Islamic State in 2014 and adopted the name Sinai Province. Officials have blamed the group for killing hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police since then.

The military did not name the leaders it had killed in the strikes, but described one as among the group's most prominent members, and another as the head of its sharia law committee. The third was an official in charge of interrogations.

There was no immediate comment from Islamic State on the air strikes.

Egypt has for years been battling an Islamist insurgency in the northern Sinai, which gathered pace after the military overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 following mass protests.

Date
2017.04.20 / 17:12
Author
Axar.az
Comments
loading...
See also

North Korea says nukes 'matter of life and death'

Raqqa's liberation marred by reports

16 police officers killed in shoot-out in Egypt

Israeli PM rallying support for Kurdish secession bid

Iraqi Turkmen name candidate for Kirkuk governorship

Erdogan: US, EU not with Turkey in terror fight

US not happy with Ocalan posters in Raqqa

D-8 summit ends with Istanbul declaration

Turkish jets kill 3 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

30 dead after suicide bomber targets mosque in Kabul

Latest
 
Xocalı soyqırımı — 1992-ci il Bağla
Bize yazin Bağla
ArxivBağla