World Bulletin / News Desk
Last Mod: 06 Şubat 2015, 10:56
At least 25 gunmen have been killed and 15 others injured in airstrikes by Egyptian military helicopters in the country's restive, northeastern Sinai Peninsula, a security source said.
"The preliminary tally of the airstrikes carried out by Apache helicopters in northern Sinai indicates that 25 militants were killed and 15 others wounded," the source, requesting anonymity, told.
The airstrikes, conducted in the early hours of Friday, concentrated on the villages of Abu Lfeita and Al-Touma as well as farmlands on the outskirts of provincial capital Arish, he said, noting that one of the airstrikes targeted a vehicle that had been carrying "heavy weaponry and an anti-aircraft missile launcher."
The Egyptian authorities are yet to comment on the reported airstrikes.
The air raids came around one week after scores of people were killed and injured in a spate of militant attacks on security facilities and personnel in North Sinai.
The attacks were claimed by the "Welayat Sinai" group, formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.
Active in northern Sinai, the group acquired its current name after reportedly swearing allegiance to the ISIL movement.
Egyptian security forces have been waging a campaign against militants in Sinai – which shares borders with both Israel and the Gaza Strip – amid a rise in attacks on army and police personnel since the ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi in mid-2013.