Egyptian soldiers killed in terror attack in Sinai

Egyptian soldiers killed in terror attack in Sinai

Egyptian soldiers killed in terror attack in Sinai

Eight Egyptian soldiers and 14 jihadis were killed Saturday when militants attacked an army camp, just hours after Egypt extended its state of emergency for the fourth time since previous year.

At least eight soldiers were killed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Saturday amid an ongoing security operation in the restive region, according to the Egyptian military.

Six of the militants were killed by aerial bombardment on their hideouts while 12 died in a shootout with police forces, the military said in a statement. It did not say how the other nine were killed.

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Egypt's Sinai has witnessed many terrorists attacks since the January 2011 revolution.

Security forces had also arrested 114 suspects and found and destroyed a training camp which included a shooting range, an obstacle course and an underground conference room.

Egypt extended its nationwide state of emergency for three months as of April 14, according to the official gazette.

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A nationwide state of emergency was first imposed in April previous year after two church bombings claimed by Daesh group killed at least 45 people, and was renewed in July, in October and in January.

The statement said that a group of 14 terrorist elements (four of them with suicide belts), and all armed with automatic machine guns, tried to attack an armed forces camp in the middle of Sinai. According the Egyptian constitution, a state of emergency can not exceed six months from its date of declaration and decrees imposing or extending it should be approved by the parliament.

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