The Egyptian army said Tuesday it had killed 40 suspected militants since September in air and ground operations in the Sinai region, site of an extremist insurgency.
In a video statement posted on Facebook, the army said its air force had “managed to eliminate 25 takfiri elements” … in the strategic northeastern region”.
Another 15 suspected extremist militants had been killed “in special operations” since September, it said.
The army also said seven of its own personnel had been either wounded or killed, without specifying how many suffered injuries or died.
The operations also “resulted in the arrest of 12 other” suspected extremist fighters, the statement said without providing dates or places.
In addition, the army said it had destroyed 437 weapons caches, defused 159 improvised explosive devices, and confiscated dozens of other types of weapons.
Egyptian forces have for years fought the insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula, led mainly by the local branch of the ISIL terrorist group.