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24 Oct 2018 | 12:58 PM UTC

Egypt: 11 suspected terrorists killed in in Western Desert October 24

Egypt News Alert

Eleven suspected terrorists killed in Western Desert during police operation October 24; further operations expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/24/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/31/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Cairo). COUNTRY/REGION Egypt

Event

Egyptian police killed 11 suspected terrorists in the Western Desert, near the Assiut governorate, on Wednesday, October 24, as part of an ongoing security operation. Further attacks on suspected militant hideouts in the region are to be expected.

Context

Security forces are currently conducting a significant counterterrorism operation in Egypt. The "Sinai 2018" mission aims to neutralize suspected militant and criminal cells in the Sinai Peninsula, the Nile Delta, and the Western Desert, as well as reinforce state control along the country's borders. The Egyptian police and the army have been placed on maximum alert in these regions for the duration of the operation. Official sources indicate that around 750 terrorists have been killed since the beginning of the year.

The Sinai Peninsula has been the epicenter of frequent attacks by Islamic State (IS)-affiliated militants since 2013 - usually targeting security forces or minority Coptic Christians.

Advice

Due to the prevailing threat of terrorism, individuals throughout Egypt should report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities and always be on guard when visiting sites deemed particularly vulnerable to an attack (i.e. public transportation, train stations, ports, airports, public or government buildings, embassies or consulates, international organizations, schools and universities, religious sites, markets, hotels and restaurants frequented by foreigners/Westerners, festivals, etc.). Many governments advise against travel to North Sinai, where authorities maintain a media blackout and special security zones amid the ongoing anti-terrorist campaign.

 

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