Egyptian forces 'kill two gunmen' in northern Sinai
Published Thursday 19/12/2013 (updated) 21/12/2013 20:41
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Egyptian army forces Thursday morning in the northern Sinai Peninsula shot dead two gunman allegedly affiliated with Wahhabi groups, an Egyptian official said.
Ahmad Muhammad Ali, a spokesman of the Egyptian defense ministry, told Ma'an that Egyptian soldiers in El-Arish killed the two gunmen after they hurled grenades.
Ali said the gunmen had in their possession a radio transmitter and a revolver which they had taken from a "police officer after he was shot dead by the two of them."
He said that the "operation" -- part of an ongoing "security campaign" in the Sinai Peninsula -- was conducted as a joint effort of army officers and local civilian police.
Separately, Egyptian security officials said eight Sinai Bedouins were killed by unidentified gunmen within the last 48 hours. The officials suggested that they were killed after being accused of collaborating with the Egyptian army.
The officials added that Egyptian officers arrested 12 gunmen and destroyed seven motorcycles which had no registration plates in Sheikh Zuweid city.
Two vans were also destroyed in addition to 10 hideouts used by outlawed gunmen in the same area, the officials said.