Cairo, Feb 11 (AP) Egypt’s military says it has destroyed dozens of targets, killed 16 militants and detained over 30 suspects as part of its latest security operation in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, where Islamic militants are most active.Also Read - 7 Indians Kidnapped in Libya Released, to Return to Their Homes After Formalities: MEA

Army spokesman Col. Tamer el-Rifaai said on Sunday that vehicles, weapons caches, communications centers and illegal opium fields were targeted in the sweep. Also Read - Fears Rise as Libya FM Claims Women-Children Buried Alive by Haftar Forces, UN Chief Expresses Deep Shock as 8 Mass Graves Discovered

The operation, which targets “terrorist and criminal elements and organisations,” started on Friday and involves army and police forces. It covers north and central Sinai, the Nile Delta and the Western Desert along the porous border with Libya. Also Read - No Military Intervention Needed in Libya, Say Italy And Egypt

Militant attacks increased dramatically in Egypt since the military’s 2013 ouster of elected but divisive Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Violence has been concentrated in north Sinai, but has also spread to the mainland.(AP) AMS

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