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Egypt army says 8 soldiers, 14 jihadists killed in Sinai attack

Egypt army says 8 soldiers, 14 jihadists killed in Sinai attack

The Egyptian army today said it has foiled a major terror attack in the restive central Sinai region by shooting dead 14 terrorists who attempted to break into camps of the armed forces and killed 8 Army personnel.

The militants blew themselves up outside the camp after they were prevented by security forces from entering, an army statement said. It did not say how the other nine were killed.

The emir also wished rapid recovery for the injured, it said.

Saturday's attack came as Egyptian authorities extended a state of emergency for three months, which was first imposed in April of a year ago after a twin church bombing claimed by Daesh terrorist group that killed dozens.

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Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, especially North Sinai province, has been the center of terrorist attacks that have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers following the military ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

This is the fourth time the state of emergency has been renewed since it was imposed for the first time on April 10, 2017 after terrorist attacks on two churches in Tanta and Alexandria.

The latest extension was to allow security forces to "take (measures) necessary to confront the dangers and funding of terrorism and safeguard security in all parts of the country", the official gazette said. The military has launched security campaigns in the North Sinai area, in which some terrorists are based.

The curfew would stay in effect for as long as the three-month state of emergency, according to the decree.

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