Egypt to extend state of emergency for 3 months - official gazette

15 April 2018, 12:43 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Egypt to extend state of emergency for three months — official gazette

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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.

Refaei said that the forces engaged with them with different weapons, while the suicide bombers denoted themselves around the camp killing eight soldiers, and injuring 15 others.

Attacks are rarely carried out in Central Sinai.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has extended a state of emergency in Egypt for another three months.

The Sinai Peninsula has remained the epicenter of a militant insurgency since 2013, when the army ousted Mohamed Morsi - Egypt's first freely elected president and a Muslim Brotherhood leader - in a military coup.

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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.

"The armed forces and the police will take the necessary measures to confront the dangers of terrorism and its financing and to preserve security across the country", the official gazette said in announcing the extension of the state of emergency for three months.

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

More than 100 jihadists and at least 22 soldiers have been killed in the wider-ranging operation launched on February 9, according to army figures.



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