CAIRO (Ma’an) -- At least 10 Egyptian gunmen were killed by Egyptian forces on Friday, following raids on al-Arish in the northern Sinai Peninsula in pursuit of gunmen allegedly responsible for carrying out “terror attacks” over the previous days in the town.
According to a statement released by the Egyptian Ministry of Interior, Egyptian forces were able to raid the gunmen’s hiding place, which caused clashes to erupt between the Egyptian forces and gunmen.
The ministry added that Egyptian forces had found a number of weapons and ammunition at the hiding place following the killing of the 10 gunmen.
Egyptian military and police forces have been the target of ongoing attacks, which have increased since Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi took power from Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.
The Egyptian president came under attack following his violent suppression of Muslim Brotherhood members following his rise to power, which al-Sisi has argued is necessary to deter future attacks in the Sinai and across Egypt.
Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the militant group responsible for a majority of attacks on military personnel, aligned with the Islamic State group in November 2014, changing its name to Sinai Province.