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Egypt military declares success against Sinai militants

9th August 2012 | 983 Views
Cairo (ANTARA News/AFP) - Egypt`s military on Wednesday said a campaign against militants in Sinai was "a complete success and will continue," after state television reported it had killed 20 militants in air strikes.

"On Tuesday evening, elements from the armed forces and interior ministry supported by the air force began a plan to restore security by pursuing and targeting armed terrorist elements in Sinai, and it has accomplished this task with complete success," the military said in a statement.

The military will "continue implementing this plan," added the statement.

State television and a military official in Sinai reported that 20 militants were killed in helicopter strikes at dawn, in retaliation for an ambush that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers on Sunday near the border with Israel. (M014)