Egyptian police have shot dead six suspected members of a terror outfit affiliated to the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the restive North Sinai region.
In a statement released along with gruesome photos of the slain militants on Monday, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said the firefight broke out as police forces raided a hideout of “terrorist elements” intent on carrying out “hostile operations.”
Weapons and explosives were found in the place.
The ministry did not mention when the raid had been carried out.
Last month, armed men blew up a gas pipeline connecting the Occupied Territories to Egypt. The sabotage operation took place in the Sinai’s Bir el-Abd region on February 2.
The Sinai Peninsula has been under a state of emergency since October 2014, after a deadly terrorist attack left 33 Egyptian soldiers dead.
Over the past few years, terrorists have been engaged in anti-government activities and fatal attacks in Egypt, taking advantage of the turmoil that erupted after the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was ousted in a military coup in July 2013.
The Velayat Sinai group, which is affiliated with Daesh, has claimed responsibility for most of the assaults.
In February 2018, the Egyptian army launched a full-scale counterterrorism campaign after a terror attack in North Sinai claimed the lives of more than 300 people at a mosque.
Since then, over 840 suspected militants have been killed in the region, according to army figures, along with more than 60 security personnel.