Egypt airstrikes kill IS group head

Cairo, Aug 5: The Egyptian army killed the head of a Sinai-based militant group affiliated with the Islamic State and dozens of other militants in a massive airstrikes in North Sinai, an Egyptian military spokesman said on Thursday.

The security campaign accurately targeted hideouts of the IS-affiliate Sinai State group and managed to kill the group leader known as Abu Duaa al-Ansari and a number of his aides, Brigadier-general Mohamed Samir said in a statement.

IS group head killed in Egypt

Egypt has been battling a growing wave of anti-government terrorism since the military removed former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 and later blacklisted his Muslim Brotherhood group.

On Sunday, a police officer was shot dead by unknown militants near a police station in Arish city of restive North Sinai province.

The Sinai-based militant group claimed responsibility for most of the terrorist operations that killed hundreds of police and military men over the past few years.

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In response, the Egyptian military has been launching a continuous massive security campaign in the peninsula that left over 1,000 militants killed and a similar number of suspects arrested.

The security raids in the peninsula, mostly in North Siani's cities of Arish, Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah, are part of the country' s "war against terrorism" declared by ex-military chief and now President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi following Morsi's removal.


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