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, ONAreports citing Reuters.
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.