Egypt's armed forces foil attack, kill 14 terrorists

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

Egypt armed forces foil 'terrorist' plot in central Sinai

Egypt's army said jihadists wearing explosive belts tried to storm a military camp in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, April 14 in an assault that left 8 soldiers and 14 attackers dead.

Six militants were killed in airstrikes on their hideouts, while 12 others died in a shootout with security forces, the spokesman said in a statement.

The group has killed hundreds of soldiers, policemen and civilians, mainly in its North Sinai stronghold but also elsewhere in Egypt.

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.

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

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The attack comes as security forces continued a major offensive against militants blamed for a string of attacks across the country.

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 previous year, the official gazette said.

Egypt first imposed the current state of emergency in April 2017 after two church bombings killed at least 45 people. According the Egyptian constitution, a state of emergency can not exceed six months from its date of declaration and decrees imposing or extending it should be approved by the parliament.

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

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