Egyptian forces kill 12 militants, arrest 92 suspects

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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.