Egypt Airstrikes Kill ISIS Commander In Sinai

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 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.

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.

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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Russian plane crashes in Sinai with 224 passengers on board

A Russian passenger plane carrying 224 people crashed on Saturday in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian officials said.

A “Russian civilian plane… crashed in the central Sinai,” the office of Prime Minister Sharif Ismail said in a statement.

A senior aviation official said the plane was a charter flight operated by a Russian company carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members. Communication with the aircraft was lost, he added.

Sergei Lzvolsky, an official with the Russian aviation agency Rosaviatsia told Interfax news agency that the plane had departed Egypt’s Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh at 5:51 am local time (03:51 GMT).

He said the aircraft did not make contact as expected with air traffic controllers in Cyprus, and “since then the plane has not made contact and has not appeared on radars”.

“Prime Minister (Ismail) is expected to meet the concerned ministries and competent authorities to follow up on the accident of the Russian civilian plane that fell in central Sinai,” Egyptian premier’s office said.


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