The troops also managed to detain five militants, destroy militants hideouts, shelters and transport of terrorists. The counterterrorism operation will be continued, according to the Armed Forces.
On Monday, Egyptian troops prevented a terror attack on one of the checkpoints near the city of Arish, Sinai. A vehicle with explosives tried to reach an overcrowded checkpoint but the path was blocked by a tank. Terrorists opened fire at servicemen and blasted the vehicle leaving seven civilians dead. According to the Armed Forces, the number of victims could have been much bigger.
In 2014, Sinai's indigenous militants pledged allegiance to the Daesh group, which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia. The Wilayat Sinai, the IS branch in Sinai, has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly attacks in the area.