Three Egyptian soldier, 30 militants killed in Sinai

CAIRO, Three Egyptian troops and 30 suspected militants have been killed as part of an ongoing security operation in the restive Sinai Peninsula last week, according to the Egyptian military on Wednesday.

A military statement said three police officers were killed in clashes with militants during a raid on their hideout in the North Sinai city of Arish.

Two police personnel were also wounded in the clashes, during which 17 militants were killed, the statement said.

Five other militants were killed in a security swoop in central Sinai, including a senior leader, which the military statement named as “Nasser Abu Zaqoul”.

Local media said Abu Zaqoul is the deputy leader of the Daesh-linked Welayet Sinai group, which is blamed for a string of attacks in Sinai and other provinces.

According to the statement, eight militants were also killed during raids in north and central Sinai.

Security forces also rounded up 173 suspected militants in north and central Sinai over the past week, the statement said.

Source: Kuwait News Agency