File picture shows Egyptian soldiers and a military helicopter deployed near the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on May 21, 2013
File picture shows Egyptian soldiers and a military helicopter deployed near the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on May 21, 2013 © - AFP/File
File picture shows Egyptian soldiers and a military helicopter deployed near the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on May 21, 2013
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Last updated: September 15, 2014

Egypt says 7 jihadists killed in Sinai

Seven jihadists were killed in a shootout in Egypt's Sinai peninsula during a joint operation by police and the army, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said Sunday.

The seven men were among "the most dangerous elements of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis" and had taken part in a July attack on a border post with Libya that killed 22 soldiers, he told a news conference.

The minister did not give a date for the operation.

Based in the northern Sinai, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has spearheaded attacks that have killed scores of policemen and soldiers since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

It says the attacks are to avenge the killing of pro-Morsi protesters by the army and police, a crackdown which has left at least 1,400 dead.

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