Egypt's Sisi holds emergency meet on Sinai insurgency

At least 15 policemen were killed Saturday in attack in North Sinai claimed by ISIL affiliate

Egypt's Sisi holds emergency meet on Sinai insurgency

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday convened an emergency security meeting to discuss a recent uptick in militant attacks in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

On Saturday, at least 15 Egyptian policemen were killed in a militant attack -- responsibility for which was later claimed by a ISIL affiliate -- in North Sinai.

According to a statement issued by the presidency, Tuesday’s meeting tackled the current security situation on the restive peninsula and plans by the army and police to find and destroy terrorist hideouts.

The meeting was attended by a host of high-ranking army and police officials, including the ministers of defense and interior.

According to the statement, al-Sisi called for "complete coordination" between the army and police in the fight against "terrorism".

"Such operations [like recent attacks in Sinai] only serve to make Egyptians more determined to fight terrorism and extremism," al-Sisi said at the meeting.

Egypt has been roiled by turmoil and violence since the army ousted and imprisoned Mohamed Morsi, the country's first freely elected president, in a 2013 military coup.

In recent months, the "Welayet Sinai" ("Province of Sinai") group -- said to be linked to the ISIL militant group -- has claimed responsibility for a spate of deadly attacks on Egyptian security forces, especially in Sinai. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Mart 2016, 17:16