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Seven soldiers, 71 extremists killed in Egypt Sinai — military

By AFP - Feb 23,2018 - Last updated at Feb 23,2018

CAIRO — Seven Egyptian soldiers and 71 extremists have been killed since the launch of a wide-ranging operation to quell a Daesh group affiliate in Sinai earlier this month, the military said. 

"As a result of the heroic combat operations by our armed forces... seven heroes of the armed forces were martyred," military spokesman Colonel Tamer Rifai said at a press conference aired on Thursday on state television.

"Seventy one extremists have been killed and five arrested," he said.

Rifai added that 1,852 other suspects have been rounded up in the operation that began on February 9, following an ultimatum by the President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to end the deadly insurgency.

Daesh attacks have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula. The group has also killed over 100 Christians in the past year and targeted tourists. 

Sisi ordered his security commanders to put an end to the attacks, following a massacre at a northern Sinai mosque in November that killed more than 300 worshippers.

Daesh is believed to have carried out the attack on the mosque, frequented by Sufi Muslims, but it has not claimed responsibility.

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