MidEast

Egypt Deepens Sinai Anti-Jihad Campaign, Claims Major Arrest

An Egyptian air force raid near the border with Israel has left at least 15 Islamists dead.

The raid was one of several moves – military and otherwise – that the country’s military is making to root out jihadist infrastructure in the restive Sinai Peninsula. Egyptian security forces have also been on the trail of jihadists who linked to the shooting deaths of 25 Egyptian police officers in the northern Sinai last month. The soldiers were reported as slain in “execution-style” killings, and the army-backed government has been pursuing those linked to the slayings.

Reports are that they got one:

Sinai militant Adel Mohamed Ibrahim, also known as Adel Habara, confessed on Sunday to the murder of 25 off-duty policemen on the Arish-Rafah road, a security source told state news agency MENA. He was arrested on Saturday along with two other suspects. Habara re-enacted the crime he reportedly committed, along with others, in front of the authorities… Habara has already been sentenced to death in absentia for killing soldiers in the Nile Delta last year.

Scores of Egyptian military personnel have been killed in a wave of violence which has Islamists deepen, consolidate, and leverage terror networks in the Sinai.

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