On Thursday, April 11, the Egyptian Interior Ministry announced that a terrorist cell had been dismantled in el-Arish (North Sinai province). Gunfire was reportedly exchanged between the security forces and the suspects, leaving 11 militants dead. During the operation, Egyptian police reportedly seized weapons, ammunition, and explosives. Reports indicate the cell was planning several terrorist attacks in strategic sites, primarily targeting police and army forces.
Egypt frequently conducts raids on suspected militant groups in an attempt to prevent future attacks. Security forces are also in the middle of a counterterrorism operation named "Sinai 2018" that aims to neutralize militant and terrorist groups operating in the Sinai, Nile Delta, and Western Desert. The targets of these raids are typically not publicly disclosed and foreign tourists are known to have been killed in similar operations.
Individuals in Egypt are advised to monitor the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, report suspicious behavior and objects to the authorities, remain vigilant when visiting areas vulnerable to terrorist attacks (e.g. tourist sites, churches, international and government buildings, public transportation hubs, etc.), and anticipate similar security operations in the near term.
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