CAIRO: At least 10 were killed as Egypt’s army launched an air and ground assault on Sinai militants yesterday while foiling a railway bombing near the canal city of Suez, officials said.
A prosecutor levelled new accusations, meanwhile, against Mohamed Mursi, already facing trial on other charges, alleging the Islamist leader insulted the judiciary when he was president, state media said.
Egypt has seen an uptick in bombings and shootings, mostly aimed at the security forces, since August 14 when hundreds were killed in clashes when police broke up two pro-Mursi protest camps in Cairo. The military has been facing an insurgency in north Sinai, a haven for Al Qaeda-inspired militants. The army carried out air strikes on suspected militant hideouts yesterday while armoured vehicles were deployed in the area and along the Rafah border with the Gaza Strip, officers said.
Air attacks launched by Apache helicopters and ground operations killed at least “10 Islamist fighters”, while 20 others were wounded and 15 arrested, security officials said. AFP