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17 killed in security raids in Egypt

At least 17 militants have been killed during security raids in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid cities in Egypt’s North Sinai province, a security source said.

“Four were killed in land raids while the other 13 were killed in an airstrike,” Xinhua quoted the source as saying on Thursday. He added that the raids destroyed seven buildings and 20 huts that were used as hiding places for the militants to launch their attacks. As part of the new Egyptian leadership’s “war against terrorism,” security campaigns over the past week have killed dozens of militants in the northern part of the restive peninsula.

The anti-security attacks mounted in Sinai and other parts across the country since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. The crackdown on his supporters has left about 1,000 killed.

In late January, a series of simultaneous terrorist attacks and suicide bombings in North Sinai killed more than 30 military and policemen in addition to 14 civilians.

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