Egyptian army arrests 11 militants in Sinai

The arrests came one day after 25 policemen were killed and two injured in an attack in North Sinai.

Egyptian army arrests 11 militants in Sinai

Army forces on Tuesday arrested 11 militants, including two Palestinians, in Egypt's North Sinai province, an army spokesman announced.

In a press statement, the spokesman said the militants had been detained in crackdowns across the peninsula.

The arrests came one day after 25 policemen were killed and two injured in an attack in North Sinai.

According to an Interior Ministry statement, a bus carrying Central Security conscripts was ambushed in the Abu Tawila area on the Rafah international road by militants who opened fire at the bus, killing 25 and injuring two.

The conscripts had been returning from vacation at their base in Rafah, the statement said.

The ministry accused "militant groups in northern Sinai of targeting policemen who were carrying out their responsibilities with efficiency and bravery."

The incident was the deadliest of its kind since August of last year, when 16 Egyptian border guards were killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen at a border checkpoint near the North Sinai city of Rafah.

Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, which shares borders with both Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip, has seen almost daily attacks by unknown assailants since ousted President Mohamed Morsi's July 3 overthrow by the military.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ağustos 2013, 17:42
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