An army soldier in Sinai - Reuters
CAIRO, Nov 9 (Aswat Masriya) – The armed forces killed on Saturday eight "terrorists" in crossfire during security raids in the border governorate of North Sinai, the spokesman said on Sunday.
Security forces also arrested 13 "terrorists", said Armed Forces Spokesman Mohamed Samir in a statement. Those arrested included people who were implicated in carrying out attacks on armed forces checkpoints, Samir added.
The armed forces also destroyed 24 "terrorist locations", its spokesman said.
Egypt's security forces have intensified their measures in reaction to repeated militant attacks that target army and police officials, which rose significantly since Mursi's ouster.
At least 30 military personnel were killed in a suicide blast which targeted a security checkpoint in Sinai's Sheikh Zuweid on October 24. The explosion, the worst militant attack on security personnel since Mursi's ouster, also caused damage to two military vehicles.
Shortly afterwards, a separate attack by unidentified gunmen on a security checkpoint in Arish killed three more security personnel.President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency and a nighttime curfew in parts of the Sinai Peninsula in response to the deadly attacks.