Egypt army says 27 jihadists killed in Sinai operation

REFILE-Egypt to extend state of emergency for 3 months - official gazette

REFILE-Egypt to extend state of emergency for 3 months - official gazette

According to the spokesman, eight soldiers were killed and 15 others injured when some of the attackers detonated their explosive vests.

It was the largest attack against Egyptian forces since Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi won a second presidential term last month after promising stability and security for Egyptians.

Egypt's Sinai has witnessed many terrorists attacks since the January 2011 revolution.

The security forces have arrested suspects and demolished houses that belong to terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip. These anti-terror units continue to launch raids targeting terrorist hideouts, as well as arms and ammunition warehouses in Northern and Central Sinai, according to the statement.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday extended Egypt's state of emergency for three months, the fourth time since it was declared a year ago, the official gazette said.

Since the ousting of ex-Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt has seen growing waves of extremism washing over the society and spawning numerous deadly attacks.

The latest extension was to allow security forces to "take (measures) necessary to confront the dangers and funding of terrorism and safeguard security in all parts of the country", the official gazette said.

The state of emergency was first implemented in April 2017 after suicide bombers attacked two churches in Alexandria and Tanta, killing 47 people and injuring dozens.

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

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