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Islamic State militants claim 20 Egyptian soldiers killed, wounded in Sinai

Insurgency has grown deadlier and more widespread in Sinai over the last three years.

world Updated: Jan 31, 2017 18:54 IST
AP, Cairo
Sinai Peninsula,Sinai,Egypt
A picture posted on a website shows a deadly attack by militants of Islamic State group on an Egyptian police checkpoint on Jan. 9, 2017, in el-Arish, north Sinai, Egypt. (AP Photo/ Representative photo)

The local affiliate of the Islamic State group in Egypt’s restive northern Sinai Peninsula says its fighters have killed and wounded 20 Egyptian soldiers in four days of fighting south of the city of el-Arish.

In a statement released early Tuesday and posted on a pro-Islamic State group website, the group said the fighting also resulted in the destruction of two M60 tanks, one Humvee and two other military vehicles.

Security forces have been battling IS-led militants in Sinai for years, but the insurgency has grown deadlier and more widespread over the last three years. Security forces recently intensified their combing operations against the militants and their hideouts in the desert area.

Last week, the Egyptian army said five soldiers were killedin Sinai by the “enemies of the nation.”

First Published: Jan 31, 2017 18:41 IST