World Bulletin / News Desk
Flagship state daily Al-Ahram reported that security forces had “struck a direct blow against terrorist elements” near the Sinai city of Al-Arish.
According to Al-Ahram, clashes between security forces and militants left 15 of the latter dead.
There were no causalities among security personnel, the newspaper claimed.
Egypt’s Interior Ministry, meanwhile, has yet to issue a statement on the incident.
Since February, the Egyptian army has been waging a wide-ranging operation against Sinai-based militants who it blames for carrying out a string of recent attacks.
The restive Sinai Peninsula has remained the epicenter of a militant insurgency since mid-2013, when Mohamed Morsi -- Egypt’s first freely elected president -- was ousted in a bloody military coup.