Egypt extends nationwide state of emergency for three months

Egypt extends nationwide state of emergency for three months

Egypt extends nationwide state of emergency for three months

The Egyptian military said in a statement that despite its losses, its soldiers managed to return fire and kill 14 of the terrorists during the attack.

Eight army personnel were also killed while 15 others were injured during the attack, the armed forces said in a statement. The military has launched security campaigns in the North Sinai area, in which some terrorists are based.

It did not disclose where and how the nine other militants were killed.

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Security forces had also arrested 114 suspects and found and destroyed a training camp which included a shooting range, an obstacle course and an underground conference room.

The decree to extend the state of emergency, which was signed by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, says that the extension is to "allow the Armed Forces and police to undertake necessary measures to face the dangers of terrorism and its funding, safeguard security nationwide, secure private and public property, and protect the lives of citizens".

Egypt has been battling an Islamist insurgency in the northern Sinai Peninsula since el-Sissi toppled his predecessor, Mohammed Morsi, in 2013.

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A group of 14 terrorist elements, four of which were carrying automatic and medium-caliber rifles attempted to break into an armed forces camp.

Under Egypt's constitution, the three-month state of emergency can only be renewed once, but the president can subsequently reinstate it.

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

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On Saturday, the army said it killed 27 takfiris during the past few days.

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