Egyptian forces kill militant leader, detain another in North Sinai
Published Tuesday 10/12/2013 (updated) 10/12/2013 11:08
EL-ARISH (Ma'an) -- The Egyptian army shot dead a top leader of a Wahhabi militant group in the Northern Sinai and detained another Monday evening after fierce clashes, according to Egyptian military sources.
The sources told a Ma'an reporter that Egyptian troops gave chase to two militant leaders on a motorcycle after they tried to target soldiers with a sniper rifle south of el-Arish.
As a result, Ibrahim Freij, a top militant leader according to the military sources, was shot dead and his accomplice Mashour Abu Suhayb was detained.
The Egyptian forces have recently arrested 12 Wahhabi militant gunmen during multiple military raids, added the same source.
Egyptian armed forces launched large scale military action against militants in the Sinai Peninsula earlier in September, in what officials described as the largest mobilization of force in the area since the 1973 war with Israel.
The military action comes in the wake of rising instability and almost daily attacks in the region, following a July 3 coup by the Egyptian military which unseated President Mohammad Morsi.