Terror attack on Army Camp in Sinai foiled: Army Spox

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al Sisi meets with his Portuguese counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Cairo on Thursday

Eight Egyptian soldiers and 14 militants were killed in a confrontation in central Sinai on Saturday, the army said in a statement, as the country extended its nationwide state of emergency for another three months.

A month earlier, the Interior Ministry announced that 16 security officers were killed during clashes with militants in Wahat in the Western Desert; the clashes also led to the killing of 15 militants.

It did not disclose where and how the nine other militants were killed.

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A group of 14 terrorist elements, four of which were carrying automatic and medium-caliber rifles attempted to break into an armed forces camp.

The statement stressed the Armed Forces are continuing to root out terrorism which is in turn making militants carry out desperate attempts at retaliation.

Almost two dozen Egyptian officers and soldiers were slaughtered and more than two dozen others were injured in an attack early Saturday morning by Islamic State terrorists at the largest Egyptian army base in Sinai.

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The jihadists have also killed scores of Christians in church bombings and shootings.

President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt has issued a resolution extending a state of emergency across the country for another three months. The emergency decree was subsequently renewed in July and October 2017 and January 2018. According the Egyptian constitution, a state of emergency can not exceed six months from its date of declaration and decrees imposing or extending it should be approved by the parliament.

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