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Four soldiers, 10 extremists killed in Egypt Sinai campaign

By AFP - Mar 05,2018 - Last updated at Mar 05,2018

A banner supporting President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi's reelection hangs in downtown Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday (Reuters photo)

CAIRO, Egypt  — Egypt's military said on Sunday four soldiers and 10 extremists were killed in a military operation in Sinai against Daesh group extremists.

The deaths raise military casualties to at least 16 dead, along with more than 100 extremists, since the start of the operation on February 9, according to previous army tolls.

The army launched the campaign after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, who is standing in elections for his second term this month, gave them a three month deadline to crush Daesh in Sinai.

Sisi issued his ultimatum in November after suspected Daesh gunmen massacred more than 300 worshippers in a Sinai mosque associated with Muslim Sufi mystics.

Daesh in Sinai has been among the group's most resilient affiliates, killing hundreds of soldiers, policemen and civilians in Sinai and elsewhere in Egypt.

It has killed scores of Christians in church bombings and shootings, and bombed a Russian airliner carrying tourists from an Egyptian resort in 2015, killing all 224 people on board.

The military says it has evidence Daesh has sought to move members to Sinai following its defeats in Iraq and Syria.

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