47 militants and five troops killed in Egypt’s Sinai

Vastavam web: Egypt’s army on Thursday said 47 militants and five of its troops were killed as part of its military offensive in the restive Sinai Peninsula, where it is fighting the Islamic State group.

The suspected militants had “guns of different makes, ammunition, explosive devices in northern and central Sinai” in their possession, according to a slickly produced video statement posted on the armed forces’ social media accounts.

As part of the wide-ranging operation to secure Egypt’s borders, 158 “criminal elements” were arrested. The armed forces also neutralised 385 explosive devices that insurgents planted targeting security forces.

The army did not specify when the deaths and arrests took place, saying only that they happened as part of “recent efforts” against jihadists.