Egyptian forces kill 12 militants, arrest 92 suspects


Egyptian security forces killed 12 Islamist militants in gun battles and arrested 92 suspects, while airstrikes destroyed dozens of militant targets in Sinai, the army said in a statement carried on state television on Monday.

The army said, around 28 militants have been killed since Friday in the latest offensive to crush insurgents blamed for a string of attacks.

The latest statement said airstrikes had hit at least 60 militant targets.

President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, who is seeking re-election in March, ordered the armed forces in November to defeat militants within three months after an attack on a mosque killed more than 300 people, the deadliest of such incident in the Arab world’s most populous country.