Egyptian army kills 7 militants in north Sinai
Published Thursday 30/01/2014 (updated) 01/02/2014 15:32
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- The Egyptian army killed seven people after raiding two houses in the northern Sinai Peninsula, an Egyptian official said Wednesday.
Egyptian Ministry of Defense spokesman Ahmad Muhammad Ali told reporters that the men were Wahhabi militants, without providing further details.
On Thursday, also in the northern Sinai, the Egyptian army safely detonated two booby-trapped vehicles which security sources said were intended to carry out attacks against the army.
After attempting to stop a tanker truck for inspection, the driver continued on without stopping, army sources told Ma'an. Soldiers then fired gunshots at the tanker, causing an explosion.
The size of the explosion reportedly indicated that the tanker was loaded with explosives.
Separately, soldiers identified an explosives-laden private car parked close to a military base near El-Arish. Sappers managed to detonate it remotely without causing injuries, the sources said.