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Egypt armed forces foil 'terrorist' plot in central Sinai

A plane of Russia's Airliner Aeroflot arrives at Cairo International Airport Egypt. Net A plane of Russia's Airliner Aeroflot arrives at Cairo International Airport Egypt. Net
Sherri Watson | 15 April, 2018, 03:28

Eight Egyptian soldiers and 14 jihadis were killed Saturday when militants attacked an army camp, just hours after Egypt extended its state of emergency for the fourth time since previous year.

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 militants blew themselves up outside the camp after they were prevented by security forces from entering, an army statement said.

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail also extended an overnight curfew in parts of North Sinai, where Daesh's Egypt affiliate is based, according to another decree published Saturday by the official gazette.

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

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

More than 190 militants and at least 22 soldiers have been killed in the massive operation launched on February 9.

"The armed forces were able today to foil a large terrorist operation", the military said.

El-Sissi first imposed a countrywide state of emergency in April 2017 after IS militants carried out two church bombings on Palm Sunday, killing at least 45 people.

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

Hundreds of police and army personnel were killed since then.