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Egypt Extends State of Emergency as Soldiers, Militants Killed in Sinai

Egypt Extends State of Emergency as Soldiers, Militants Killed in Sinai

The Egyptian military said in a statement that despite its losses, its soldiers managed to return fire and kill 14 of the terrorists during the attack.

Security forces had also arrested 114 suspects and found and destroyed a training camp which included a shooting range, an obstacle course and an underground conference room.

"A group of 14 militant terrorists, four of them wearing explosive belts, attempted to break into one of the armed forces camps in Central Sinai before the sunrise", said Tamer al-Refaay, the military spokesman, in a statement.

The incident comes amid Egypt's ongoing Operation Sinai 2018, launched "to implement the plan of comprehensive confrontation of terrorist and criminal elements and organisations in North and Central Sinai, and in other areas in the Nile Delta and desert areas west of the Nile Valley", according to the armed forces.

Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, saw his presidency beset by popular protests.

The group has killed hundreds of soldiers, policemen and civilians, mainly in its North Sinai stronghold but also elsewhere in Egypt.

Egypt first imposed the current state of emergency in April 2017 after two church bombings killed at least 45 people.

According to the resolution, the Egyptian armed forces and police shall take all necessary measures "to confront the threats and funding of terrorism and maintain security throughout the country".

A new decree further lengthening it was issued in October and then extended in January.

On Saturday, the army said it killed 27 takfiris during the past few days.

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