Egypt raids Sinai villages, kills 10 ‘terrorists’

An Egyptian security official with a bomb-sniffing dog conducts a search as investigators check a damaged train carriage after a bomb exploded at Ramsis railway station in downtown Cairo November 20, 2014.

An Egyptian security official with a bomb-sniffing dog conducts a search as investigators check a damaged train carriage after a bomb exploded at Ramsis railway station in downtown Cairo November 20, 2014.

Backed with apaches, Egypt military forces raided “terrorist” pockets in southern villages in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent reported.

Ten “terrorists” were killed during the raid of Al-Mahdiya, Mukataa, Naja Shaybaniya villages, while 18 others were arrested.

The security forces confiscated three cars, destroyed 11 motorcycles belonging to Islamist militias and 15 of their shelters.

While the security forces were successful in dismantling seven explosives, they also destroyed a field clinic created by the militants to help their wounded.

Southern Egypt

Egypt said on Saturday night that a bomb went off near a train station in south of the country as police found three other explosive devices planted on railway tracks in the region, Agence France-Presse reported.

A charred body was found near the railway station in Wasta, a town in the province of Beni Suef, the interior ministry said, adding it probably belonged to the person who had planted the bomb.

Security forces later combed the region and found three other explosive devices on railway lines linking Cairo to the far southern city of Aswan, the ministry said in a statement.

Egypt has been hit by a wave of bombings and shootings since the military ousted Islamist president Mohammed Mursi in July 2013.

Assailants have stepped up attacks targeting public transport, including a bomb last week on a train north of Cairo that killed two policemen and two passengers.

On Thursday four people were hurt in a stampede at the capital’s Ramses station after a blast inside a compartment of a train that pulled in from the Nile Delta, security officials said.

The blast was caused by a sound bomb, they said.

 
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