Cairo: On Friday, an Army official said that An Islamic State’s Leader and 45 other militants have been killed in an army operation.
Brigadier General Mohamed Samir who is the army spokesperson said in a statement on Facebook that Abu Doaa el-Ansari, the leader of the Sinai-based militant group – Ansar Beit el-Maqdes – and 45 other militants, including some of his senior aides, were killed in el-Arish city of North Sinai in an operation by Armed forces of Egypt.
Samir also said that Many others militants were injured in the army raid. The armed Force of Egypt destroyed depots where weapons, ammunition and explosives were stashed.
Ansar Beit el-Maqdes had pledged allegiance to Islamic State militant group in 2014.
The IS group has also claimed the responsibility for downing the Russian airliner. The Russian Airliner were carrying 224 holidaymakers from an Egyptian resort last year. They killed all 224 people on board.
North Sinai of Egypt borders with Israel and the Gaza Strip. In the last few years, North Sinai has witnessed many violent attacks by militants particularly since the January 2011 revolution that toppled ex-president Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.
The terror group attacked police and military personnel. The attack increased after the ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 following massive protests against his rule.
According to the sources that More than 700 security personnel of Egypt have been killed since then.
The military has launched security operations in the area. The military also arrested suspects and demolished houses that belong to terrorist and terrorist group, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.