Egypt launches airstrikes against militants after deadly attack

The Egyptian army said it had carried out intense airstrikes against militants in the volatile Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, a day after 12 soldiers were killed there in an attack claimed by an Islamic State affiliate.

The army added in a statement aired on state television that the airstrikes started at dawn and lasted for three hours, targeting “gatherings of terrorist elements" in northern Sinai.

An unspecified figure of extremists were killed in the bombing, according to the army.

In an interview with state-run newspapers published on Saturday, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi said that his country’s war on militancy will be “long.”

Security forces in the largely desert Sinai have come under repeated attacks from hardline jihadists since the 2011 uprising that toppled long-time dictator Hosny Mubarak.

The extremists stepped up their assaults after the army deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013, killing scores of security personnel.

Several of these attacks were claimed by the Sinai Province, a radical group that has pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

Last update: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 18:50

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