The Egyptian army today said it has foiled a major terror attack in the restive central Sinai region by shooting dead 14 terrorists who attempted to break into camps of the armed forces and killed 8 Army personnel.
He said military forces engaged the attackers, killing the 14 militants.
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The statement stressed the Armed Forces are continuing to root out terrorism which is in turn making militants carry out desperate attempts at retaliation. Egypt's Sinai has witnessed many terrorists' attacks since the January 2011 revolution.
Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has been the centre of terrorist attacks that have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers following the military ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
Meanwhile, 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.
Egypt first imposed the current state of emergency in April 2017 after two church bombings killed at least 45 people.
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The emergency law expands police powers of arrest, surveillance and seizures and can limit freedom of movement. These anti-terror units continue to launch raids targeting terrorist hideouts, as well as arms and ammunition warehouses in Northern and Central Sinai, according to the statement. It would take place in areas including around the town of Rafah bordering the Palestinian Gaza Strip, and around El-Arish, the capital of North Sinai, according to the gazette.
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