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Egyptian security forces kill 16 suspected militants in Sinai

North Sinai security forces
Egyptian security forces have killed 16 suspected militants in North Sinai and found a stash of weapons and explosives in their hideouts, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement said they were plotting "terrorist attacks against important facilities and figures in different places in Arish", which is the capital of governorate.

The ministry said the suspects were killed in "armed confrontations", but did not elaborate on their identity or whether there had been casualties among the security forces. It did not say when the clashes happened.

Egypt has long been fighting Islamist militants, who have waged an insurgency that has killed hundreds of soldiers, police and residents, in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi says strong security measures are needed to stabilize Egypt after the turmoil that followed the country’s 2011 uprising.
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