Exiled former Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan has reportedly set up a terrorist training camp in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula to carry out attacks in the Gaza Strip and other countries in the region, pro-government Turkish daily Yeni Safak has reported.
The Egyptian interior ministry announced on Wednesday that four suspects accused of being involved in an attack on security forces in the Giza town of Badrashin earlier this month were killed in an armed exchange.
Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, dismissed the European Union’s criticism of the country’s internal situation, stating that EU criticism is based on faulty standards and contradictory logic that lack objectivity.
More than 40 militants were killed by the Egyptian military in a wide-ranging campaign in the Sinai Peninsula where the Islamic State group has been waging a deadly insurgency.
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi asserted on Monday that the two main challenges facing Egypt are terrorism and overpopulation, during discussions in the National Youth Conference in Alexandria.
The Egyptian authorities have carried out 54 extrajudicial killings against suspects over the accusation that they belong to anti-coup movements.
Seven civilians were killed — including 3 men, 2 women and a child — in a car bomb explosion in North Sinai on Monday, according to an official armed forces statement.
Terrorists appear to be shifting their tactics in Egypt, not only aiming for highly visible civilian targets but also taking on higher-risk attacks.
Egyptian security forces have killed eight suspected militants belonging to the Hasm movement in what officials said was a training camp in a southern desert region, the interior ministry said on Sunday.
Thirty militants were killed and five apprehended in North Sinai, the Armed Forces spokesperson said in a press release on Friday, claiming that they also destroyed 12 of the militants’ vehicles and four weaponry warehouses.