Egypt air force conducted success air strikes against terrorists’ position in northern Sinai killing 19 militants linked to the Islamic State terrorist group.
According to the Egyptian military sources, the air raid also killed three of its senior figures who reportedly who holding a meeting.
Islamic State terrorists this week claimed an attack that killed a security officer near St. Catherine's Monastery in the south Sinai.
Islamic State has conducted several attacks targeting Egypt's Christian minority in recent months.
Egypt is tightening security ahead of a visit by Pope Francis next week as a result of suicide bombings this month on two Christian churches, also claimed by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis militants who pledged allegiance to Islamic State in 2014.