Egypt’s army says kills 89 extremists in North Sinai

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An armoured vehicle of Egyptian army is seen as they blow up buildings as part of an operation aiming to create a buffer zone at the Rafah border in Egypt, on November 1, 2014. After a bombing attack that killed 30 people in the North Sinai region, Egyptian army launched an operation to prevent attacks at the Rafah border which is between Gaza strip and Egypt. (Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
File: An armored vehicle of the Egyptian army. (Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Egyptian army said on Sunday that it recently killed 89 highly dangerous extremists in the northeastern province of North Sinai.

The military also detected and destroyed 404 improvised explosive devices and four explosive belts, seized 73 machine guns and destroyed 52 vehicles used by the extremist militants “in carrying out their terrorist operations,” the Egyptian army said in a statement, without identifying the exact period of the recent raids.

Eight soldiers were killed or wounded in the confrontations, according to the statement.

Bordering Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip, North Sinai has for years been a hideout for militants loyal to the Islamic State regional terrorist group.

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