Six Sinai "terrorists" held after border attack -Egypt media

Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:37pm GMT

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By Shaimaa Fayed

CAIRO, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Egyptian military forces have captured six "terrorists" in the Sinai region after an attack on a police station earlier this week that killed 16 border guards near the frontier with Israel, state media quoted a military source as saying on Friday.

Egypt sent hundreds of troops and armoured combat vehicles into North Sinai on Thursday to tackle militants operating near the border and commanders said as many as 20 people they deemed terrorists had been killed in the offensive.

The campaign, which Cairo billed as its biggest military operation in the desert region since the 1973 war with Israel, is offensive is crucial to the maintenance of stable relations prevailing since the two countries' 1979 peace treaty.

But some Sinai residents were sceptical about the reported crackdown, saying they had seen no sign of anyone being killed in what they described as a "haphazard" operation.   Continued...

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