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10 Egyptian troops killed by bombs during Sinai fighting –spokesman

The spokesman said in a statement the security forces killed 15 people and arrested seven others during the operation.

FILE: Emergency personnel and security forces stand next to ambulances outside the Swiss Inn hotel in the Egyptian town of El-Arish, in the Sinai peninsula, following an attack on the hotel by two suicide bombers and a gunman. Picture: AFP

CAIRO – Ten members of Egypt’s security forces were killed by bombs which struck their vehicles in central Sinai, a military spokesman said on Thursday, during an operation targeting what the army described as terrorist bases.

The spokesman said in a statement the security forces killed 15 people and arrested seven others during the operation.

They also found and destroyed half a tonne of TNT explosive, and seized two four-wheel drive cars containing hand grenades and hundreds of mobile phones, the statement said.