According to reports from the Egyptian Ministry of Interior issued Sunday, September 29, Egyptian security forces have killed 15 suspected militants in a raid on an alleged militant hideout in Al-Arish (North Sinai province). Security forces reportedly found explosives and other weapons at the suspected militants' hideout, adding that the militants were planning to hold "hostile operations targeting the army and the police." No casualties were immediately reported among security forces from the exchange of gunfire that killed the suspected militants.
Similar security operations are to be expected in the Sinai Peninsula over the near term.
The operation comes as security forces continue to carry out counterterrorism raids in the area under the auspices of "Comprehensive Operation - Sinai 2018," which aims to neutralize militant and terrorist groups operating in the Sinai, Nile Delta, and the Western Desert.
Individuals in Egypt are advised to monitor the situation, refrain from traveling to North Sinai province, 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 over the near term. Adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and your home government.
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