The Egyptian Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday December 5th that three militants had been killed in clashes with security forces in the Jalbana area, in north Sinai.
According to a statement from the ministry, the three militants were killed while preparing and planning a series of hostilities against the armed forces and police.
Two hand grenades, two automatic weapons and a quantity of ammunition were found in the possession of the “terrorists” according to the statement.
Last September, the Egyptian authorities, announced the killing in the same area, of a group of terrorists, who were preparing to launch an attack against police and army points.
Army and police forces in Egypt have engaged in a wide-scale military operation against the presence of Isis in North Sinai since February 2018. The operation is aiming to get rid of the Isis- affiliated group named ‘Sinai Province”, previously known as ‘Ansar Byat El Maqdus’ group. It became ‘Sinai Province’ in 2014 after declaring its affiliation to Isis.
The group is adopting ideology that is based on considering all members of the army and polices forces as ‘infidels’ who should be killed, moreover it considers ‘infidels’ any civilians co-operating or showing support for the army and police and states that they should be killed.
Since the start of the ‘Sinai 2018 Comprehensive Operation’, the rate of the militant attacks conducted by Isis against army, police and civilians is no longer on the rise due to many counter attacks performed by the army against militant strongholds.