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In this Tuesday, May 12, 2013 file photo, Egyptian Army soldiers patrol in an armored vehicle backed by a helicopter gunship during a sweep through villages in in Sheikh Zuweyid, northern Sinai, Egypt

Egypt Army Kills Over 50 Militants From Daesh Sinai Province Faction

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Egyptian army has killed over 50 militants affiliated with the Daesh extremist group in the north of Sinai Peninsula, local media reported, citing sources in the country’s army.

CAIRO (Sputnik) — The military operation against the Wilayat Sinai (Sinai Province) militant group involved attack helicopters, planes and ground forces units, the Egyptian Masrawy news portal reported Monday.

Last week, Egypt’s Air Force aircraft attacked a group of the Sinai Province militants and killed at least 40 terrorists.

The Sinai Province militant group pledged allegiance to the Daesh, which is outlawed in Russia and many other countries, in November 2014.

The group notorious mostly for targeting military and security forces in the region. Recently, the group has also expanded its operations outside Sinai, notably in Egypt's Western Desert, relatively popular among tourists.

Egypt has been conducting anti-terrorist operations in North Sinai for the last two years, particularly against the Sinai Province previously known as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis.

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