Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Egypt extends state of emergency

Egypt extends state of emergency

Egypt's army said jihadists wearing explosive belts tried to storm a military camp in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, April 14 in an assault that left 8 soldiers and 14 attackers dead.

The army found and destroyed a training camp, which included a shooting range, an obstacle course and an underground conference room.

Egypt's security forces are continuing to carry out the comprehensive counterterrorism military Operation Sinai 2018.

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The attack was the largest against Egyptian security forces since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won a second term in office last month, promising to work for stability and security in Egypt.

Security forces have sought to quell attacks by an Egyptian jihadist group that later declared allegiance to the Islamic State group (Isis) since the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, following mass protests against him.

Almost two dozen Egyptian officers and soldiers were slaughtered and more than two dozen others were injured in an attack early Saturday morning by Islamic State terrorists at the largest Egyptian army base in Sinai.

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The state of emergency was first implemented in April 2017 after suicide bombers attacked two churches in Alexandria and Tanta, killing 47 people and injuring dozens.

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail also extended an overnight curfew in parts of North Sinai, where Daesh's Egypt affiliate is based, according to another decree published Saturday by the official gazette.

Hundreds of police and army personnel were killed since then.

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