Ten Egyptian security forces have been killed during an anti-terror operation in central Sinai after their vehicles were targeted by bombs.
A military spokesman said in a statement Thursday that security forces killed 15 people and arrested seven others in the course of the operation on a terrorist base in the peninsula.
The security forces also found and destroyed half a ton of TNT explosive, and seized two vehicles containing hand grenades and hundreds of mobile phones, the statement added.
The Sinai Peninsula has been under a state of emergency since October 2014, following a deadly terrorist attack that left 33 Egyptian soldiers dead.
Over the past years, militants have been carrying out anti-government activities and fatal attacks, taking advantage of the turmoil caused in Egypt after the democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was ousted by the military in July 2013.
Velayat Sinai terrorists have claimed responsibility for most of the assaults, mainly targeting the army and police.
By Africafrique and agencies