EGYPT (OBSERVATORY) – The Egyptian army announced on Saturday that eight of its soldiers were killed in a major attack on one of its camps in central Sinai, northeast of Cairo, in which 14 “terrorist elements” were also killed.
The Egyptian military spokesman Colonel Tamer Rifai, in a statement on the official page on the site (Facebook) today that the army forces “managed to thwart a major terrorist operation.”
He explained that “a group of terrorist elements consisting of 14 individuals, including four individuals wearing explosive belts and armed with automatic rifles and medium spray (RBJ) tried to storm an army camp in central Sinai.”
He added that “the elements of the service and guard gallows were able to prevent them and engage them with various weapons and means of fire available, killing all terrorist elements.”
He also announced that “eight members of the armed forces were killed and 15 others were injured as a result of the shrapnel” as a result of “the elements wearing the explosive belts blow themselves up around the camp.”
In its statement, the Egyptian army vowed to “continue its efforts to root out terrorism, which is currently making desperate attempts to target our elements through suicide bombings.”
Since February 9, the Egyptian army has carried out a comprehensive military operation called “Sinai 2018” to eliminate terrorism and criminal organizations in the north and central Sinai and other areas in the Egyptian Delta and the desert hinterland west of the Nile Valley.
Earlier on Saturday, the Egyptian army announced the killing of 27 high-profile Takfir elements and the arrest of 114 other suspects in raids on terrorist targets in northern and central Sinai.
The death toll among terrorist groups has risen to 194 in the overall operation.
Egypt has been the target of attacks targeting military and police since the overthrow of former president Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July 2013, after mass protests demanding his departure from power.
The north Sinai province northeast of Cairo, the stronghold of terrorist groups in Egypt, especially the organization (Sinai), the Egyptian branch of the Islamic State Organization (Dahesh).