Egypt's ground troops in a full-scale operation against terrorists in North and Central Sinai on Friday, April 1, 2018- Photo courtesy of the Armed Forces Spokesperson's Facebook page
CAIRO - 4 November 2019: The General Command of the Egyptian Armed Forces announced on Monday the outcomes of operations carried out by the army and police forces to combat terrorism starting September 28 to date.
The Border Guard Forces confiscated 13 shotguns of different types, 48 magazines, a gun, 3,045 bullets, 5,831 kilograms of raw hash, 7,082 kilograms of hemp plants, 59 kilograms of opium, 1.6 million narcotic pills, and 113 vehicles used in smuggling. The forces also discovered and eliminated two hemp farms and three poppy farms stretching over two feddans.
The forces also confiscated 22 devices used in illegal mining, 1,242 kilograms of rocks mixed with gold, sums of cash, and three satellite phones. Attempts of illegal migration by 4,707 individuals of different nationalities were aborted.
The Air Force destroyed 14 hideouts used by terrorist elements as well as 115 four-wheel drives. Nine were in the North East, 52 in the West, and 54 in the South. Seventy-seven Takfiris were eliminated. They possessed 65 arms, 78 magazines, 20 grenades for launchers, ammunition, explosives, solar energy devices, and telecommunications devices. Furthermore, six high-profile Takfiris were killed in a number of operations.
“As a result of the valiant fighting, an officer and two soldiers were given the honor of martyrdom and injury,” the statement read affirming the security forces’ continuous efforts to uproot terrorism and provide security for the people of Egypt.
In October, Egypt’s security forces thwarted a terrorist attack against a security checkpoint in Arish city, North Sinai. According to an official statement by Egypt’s Ministry of Interior, the forces killed the attacker before blowing himself up.
Egypt has been countering terrorism and extremism ideologies over the past years since the ouster of late Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi.
In February 2018, the Army launched a military operation titled "Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018," targeting the hotbeds of terrorists nationwide especially in Northern and Central Sinai.