At least two “extremely dangerous” militants were killed by the Egyptian police in the restive North Sinai Province, the interior ministry said Tuesday.
They opened fire at police who were approaching them, and two automatic rifles, ammunition, and a weapon were seized with the militants, according to the statement.
“The terrorists were scouting the area in preparation for attacks against army and police forces on the seventh anniversary of the June 30 uprising” which ousted the Islamist late President Mohamed Morsi, the ministry noted.
Since 2013, Egypt has been plagued by terrorist attacks, most of which were claimed by a branch of the Islamic State militant group in North Sinai.
In response, Egypt has been engaged in a massive operation since February 2018 to uproot terrorism in North Sinai, killing at least 1,000 militants.