Egypt’s Interior Ministry said on Saturday that six terrorists were killed in a shootout with security forces in a mountainous area near the Assiut-Sohag Road in the Western Desert at Upper Egypt’s Geheina city in Sohag governorate.
The ministry said in a statement that combing operations in remote areas revealed that a group of fleeing terrorists were hiding in one of the mountainous areas near the Assiut-Sohag Road.
It said the militants killed in the early Saturday raid were hiding in an area between the southern provinces of Sohag and Assiut. The militants were killed in a firefight initiated by the militants، it added.
Egypt has been battling Islamic militants for years. An all-out military campaign to quash their insurgency in the north of the Sinai Peninsula began nearly a year ago with the government throwing into battle tens of thousands of troops، jet-fighters، tanks and helicopter gunships.