Egyptian forces kill 59 militants in recent operations: army

Egyptian troops and security forces have killed 59 terror elements in recent operations, the army said in a statement Tuesday (January 22nd).

Army forces killed 44 extremists who were found in possession of rifles and explosive devices in various raids in Sinai and the Suez Canal cities, the statement said.

Police forces killed another 15 "extremely dangerous" extremists in a separate "pre-emptive" operation, it said, without saying where the operation took place.

One officer and six soldiers were killed during clashes with the militants, it said.

The statement added that 142 suspects have been arrested.

Air forces destroyed 56 vehicles used by the extremists in the Western Desert, north-eastern and southern border areas.

Security forces discovered and destroyed 242 bombs planted to target forces, as well as a number of hideouts where weapons and ammunition were found in central and northern Sinai.

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