Egyptian soldiers backed by other security personnel smashed up an extremely dangerous terrorist cell that was at an advanced stage to orchestrate an attack in the North Africa country.
According to reports released to media channels, the Army spokesman Brigadier General Mohamed Samir confirmed that on Monday 21st September 2015, Egyptian forces conducted surgical operations and dismantled a group of 10 militants in the plagued al-Wahat district of the country’s Western Desert.
The militants who were all arrested are now detained and their identities have not been publicized. The militants linked to Velayat Sinai, were planning to carry out terrorist activities during the coming Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) that is celebrated on September 24.
Egyptian army has been faced with huge challenge of quelling terrorism and insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula.
The troubled Sinai Peninsula is considered by the Egyptian security authorities a volatile region and a sanctuary fertile for extremists who hide in this area and plan on attacks.
The militant Velayat Sinai which was previously known as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility to be behind a series of attacks in the restive Sinai Peninsula.
Last year (2014) November, the militant Islamist group pledged bayat (allegiance) to the Daesh (Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group, which primarily is operating in Iraq and neighboring Syria.