search

Egyptian police kill 11 suspected terrorists in shootout

Cairo’s interior ministry says ‘terrorist elements’ killed in raid provided support to jihadists in Sinai Peninsula

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)

Egyptian security forces killed 11 suspected “terrorist elements” during a raid on a hideout for those providing support for jihadists in the northern Sinai, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.

A ministry statement said police were still identifying the suspected terrorists killed in the raid in Ismailiya province after they opened fire on security forces approaching the hideout.

Terrorists carried out a bomb and gun assault on a mosque in Rawda village in North Sinai province on Friday, killing 305 people — the deadliest in Egypt’s recent history — in an attack thought to have been carried out by the Islamic State terror group.

It is widely believed in Egypt that the massacre took place at the mosque because Sufi Muslims worshiped there.

A picture taken on November 25, 2017, shows the Rawda mosque, roughly 40 kilometres west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish, after a gun and bombing attack. (AFP Photo/Stringer)

The raid on the hideout was part of a security campaign in the province of Ismailiya around the Suez Canal separating the Sinai Peninsula from the rest of the country, and in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya.

Police were pursuing leaders of “terrorist groups in North Sinai that aimed to carry out a series of hostile operations targeting important and vital buildings and Christian churches,” the statement said.

Security forces were able to identify “a group of these elements and the hideouts they were using to hide, train, and store means of logistic support ahead of smuggling them to terrorist groups in North Sinai.”

The statement said police also arrested six suspected terrorists and three people thought to have smuggled communications equipment to them.

It said weapons, ammunition and communication devices were recovered.

In the Rawda attack, authorities said up to 30 terrorists in camouflage and flying the black banner of IS surrounded the mosque and massacred worshipers during weekly Friday prayers.

Another 128 people were wounded.

Egypt’s North Sinai-based IS branch has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers, as well as civilians accused of working with the authorities, since the July 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

The jihadist group has also targeted Sufis and Christians since authorities cracked down on Morsi supporters, killing more than 700 in one August day in 2013 as they cleared a protest camp in the capital.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi declared three days of mourning and vowed to “respond with brutal force” to Friday’s killings, among the deadliest in the world since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

The army said warplanes struck jihadist hideouts in the North Sinai in retaliation.

read more:
Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed
image
Register for free
and continue reading
Registering also lets you comment on articles and helps us improve your experience. It takes just a few seconds.
Already registered? Enter your email to sign in.
Please use the following structure: example@domain.com
Or Continue with
By registering you agree to the terms and conditions. Once registered, you’ll receive our Daily Edition email for free.
Register to continue
Or Continue with
Log in to continue
Sign in or Register
Or Continue with
check your email
Check your email
We sent an email to you at .
It has a link that will sign you in.