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19 killed as Egyptian air force targets Islamic extremists in Sinai

At least 19 Islamic extremists have been killed in an attack by the Egyptian air force in the volatile Sinai Peninsula.

The Egyptian military said in a statement that air strikes in northern and central Sinai on "terrorist strongholds" of the local Islamic State group affiliate also destroyed four vehicles.

The announcement came two days after police said they killed one of the militants involved in an attack on a checkpoint that killed a policeman near south Sinai's famed Saint Catherine's Monastery earlier this week.

The military claims to kill hundreds of militants in the area each year, although it rarely offers proof and journalists and non-residents are banned from the area. Hundreds of security forces have been killed.

The IS-led insurgency is centred in northern Sinai, but militants have occasionally struck farther south.


From Belfast Telegraph