16 suspected militants killed in North Sinai
Egypt's interior ministry on Tuesday (May 21st) said 16 suspected militants have been killed in North Sinai, where security forces have been battling the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS), AFP reported.
The militants were killed during police raids on their hideouts in the provincial capital of al-Arish, the ministry said in a statement.
They were found with weapons and explosives in their possession, it added, without detailing when the raids took place.
Based on intelligence from the national security department, the ministry alleged the militants had been planning attacks on "important and vital facilities" as well as prominent figures in the city.