Army: 14 Militants Killed in Sinai Military Camp Attack

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al Sisi meets with his Portuguese counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Cairo on Thursday

At least eight soldiers were killed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Saturday amid an ongoing security operation in the restive region, according to the Egyptian military.

"Among the 14 terrorist elements there were four wearing explosive belts and they were all armed with automatic rifles, medium-calibre rifles, and RPGs", the statement read.

The statement said that all 14 the "terrorists" were killed during the attack.

According to the Rifai, eight soldiers were killed and 15 others injured when some of the attackers detonated their explosive vests. Extremist groups are spread North Sinai, including Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis that pledged allegiance to ISIS in 2014.

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Meanwhile, Egypt is to extend its nationwide state of emergency for three months from April 14, the official gazette said early on Saturday.

Sisi assigned, end of November, the army and police to use power to uproot terrorism, and a wide operation was launched on February 9 in Sinai against "terrorist members".

"The armed forces and the police will take the necessary measures to confront the dangers of terrorism, its financing, and preserving security across the country", the official gazette said.

A nationwide state of emergency was first imposed in April previous year after two church bombings claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 45 people, and was renewed in July, in October and in January. Among these attacks was the terrorist attack that hit Al-Rawdah Mosque and left more than 302 Friday prayers congregates dead in late November 2017.

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