4 Egyptian troops killed, 8 wounded in Sinai fighting
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4 Egyptian troops killed, 8 wounded in Sinai fighting

Egypt’s military says 36 jihadists killed in peninsula over past 5 days as part of widespread operation

Illustrative: A picture taken on November 28, 2017, from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip shows smoke billowing following an explosion close to the border on the Egyptian side of the divided city. (AFP Photo/Said Khatib)
Illustrative: A picture taken on November 28, 2017, from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip shows smoke billowing following an explosion close to the border on the Egyptian side of the divided city. (AFP Photo/Said Khatib)

CAIRO — Egypt’s military said four troops and 36 Islamic jihadists have died in the past five days of fighting in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

Monday’s statement said one officer was among the four killed army personnel. It also said that eight soldiers were wounded, including two officers.

The military said that it also destroyed 400 hideouts, munition and weapons depots and dismantled 93 explosive devices during the operation.

It said 345 suspected militants and fleeing criminals have been arrested.

Since Egypt launched the wide-scale operation more than a month ago, 20 troops have been killed.

Egypt has been battling Islamic militants for years, but the insurgency gathered steam and grew deadlier after the 2013 ouster by the military of Mohammed Morsi an Islamist president whose one year in office proved divisive.

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