Egyptian government forces have slain dozens of militants in the volatile Sinai Peninsula as the forces press ahead in surgical clean-up operations in the region.
On Monday 14th September 2015, Egyptian army released a statement citing that it has launched major offensives against the Takfiri militants of Velayat Sinai.
Velayat Sinai militants were previously known as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, in the town of Sheikh Zuweid, the city of el-Arish as well as in the border town of Rafah.
According to the statement, 360 Takfiri terrorists have been killed during army operations in the peninsula over the past eight days. At least Five Egyptian soldiers also lost their lives in these deadly operations.
Sinai Peninsula has been viewed by Egyptian army as a fertile sanctuary for extremists. The militants use the volatile region as a safe haven for their terror activities. Cairo has committedthe new military campaigns aimed at rooting out the Takfiri elements in the region.
Velayat Sinai terrorists have claimed responsibility for most of the attacks in the restive Sinai Peninsula. In November 2014, the group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group, which is known to commit heinous brutal terrorist activities primarily in Iraq and neighboring Syria.